I have had the privilege of being a part of many mission trips from Ohio, to Austria, to Jamaica, to Uganda, and to Guatemala. Every time I come back home with a renewed sense of how much we are all alike. No matter the borders to our homelands, we are all human beings wanting to love and give love.
I am always amazed at how the people who go on mission trips come back saying, “I received far more than I gave”. I think that is what Jesus meant when he said, “Give and you will receive more blessings than you can contain” - Luke 6:38. All of this is to say, we need to remember how important we are to one another. Indeed the whole world is our neighborhood.
This week we are going to see how our connections with our brothers and sisters who live in the hills of Guatemala, with little to no education, living way below the poverty line change our educated and affluent lives. Even without much, they have much to give. That’s the way it should work in all our neighborhoods. We all give what we can and we all receive blessings beyond our wildest dreams.
Right after our time in worship we will have an opportunity to connect with one another during our Linger Longer time. Not only we will connect with one another we will also connect with the children at Payne Elementary School in DC by writing notes of inspiration that will go in their backpacks. We will also enjoy bread from Great Harvest Bread.
That’s what’s happening this Sunday. But coming up next Friday, August 16th is Food Truck Friday and a portion of the proceeds go to our Guatemala mission. I hope you can come out and enjoy good food and a good time of being together while knowing that you are also connecting with our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
Cathy and I have been so blessed to be away on vacation and yet at the same time we are reminded that the needs of the neighborhood never go away. For years we have given our financial support to the mission of Crossroads through online giving. It is easy and safe, but more importantly it’s a great way to stay connected wherever we are in the world. You can do the same by continuing your financial support
May we never forget that no matter who we are or where we live we are neighbors. Let’s keep working at loving our neighbors as we love ourselves and in doing so we are all blessed beyond measure.
See you soon,