Day 22 - Risk-taking Mission and Service
"Do to others as you would have them do to you"
A year or so ago, a small group of volunteers from different local churches started a project called Chester le Street Friends. The aim of the project was simple –to care for the people out and about in the town centre on a Saturday night.
The group consists of people of various ages, and once a month they meet up at 10:30pm to walk the streets and offer whatever help they can to those out visiting the pubs, clubs and restaurants, and anyone else who might be in need of assistance at that time.
The group often fall into conversation with the people they meet and it is surprising how easily the talk turns to issues of life and faith. Most of the people they meet are amazed that people from the church would give up a night’s sleep to come and ensure that they are safe whilst out enjoying themselves. Many of them have no contact with the church, and would certainly never dream of going into one of our buildings, but out on the streets they are won over by small acts of love and kindness that speak of a God who loves them even though they might not know it yet.
Risk taking mission and service invites us to love people who might be very different from us, who might never come to our churches, and who we might not find it easy to love and serve. It calls us to acts of service which are often costly and require us to make sacrificial choices, putting the needs of others before our own. Sometimes risk-taking mission and service invites us to step out of our comfort zones and into places we never expect to be.
What is the most unexpected place to which your faith has taken you in order to make a difference in someone else’s life?
One place where many Christians find an unexpected opportunity to tell people about Jesus is through prison visiting, and this is the focus for today’s prayer and challenge:
Give me grace, Lord, to risk comfort and convenience to help someone in need in your name
Challenge: Pray for those in prison and for those who offer their service to make a positive difference in the lives of those who are incarcerated.