I recently saw the power of community in action.
I was away from my family in South Africa, traveling to teach in various Bible Schools and grace seminars. During my trip, my son began to suffer with asthma. We debated whether to take him in to the doctors, having treated this condition at home before. Finally, my wife took him in.
It was not long before we realized he would be admitted to the hospital with a case of pneumonia.
I was ten time zones away. How was my wife going to cope and still take care of our healthy son?
This is where community stepped in.
We had friends picking up our oldest (healthy) son, staying with him overnight, and eventually taking care of him for 2 days getting him to school and sports.
We had people offering to help with meals.