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The Value of Community

February 28, 2013

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.

A Plastic Community

July 16, 2012

We all have seasons in our lives where we struggle financially.

When you live on support or through donations, a regular paycheck does not appear each week or month.

Whether business, sales, of the missionary life, some months are good and some are difficult.

There are two kinds of people when times are lean in missions (or life for that matter.)

  1. Those which share their struggles and rely on one another.
  2. Those who use the convenience of the credit card to remain isolated and independent in their struggles.

Prior to the rise of credit cards:

  • If you needed a cup of sugar you would walk to a neighbor’s house.
  • When a family was struggling, the church was a great line of support.
  • Even in the Bible, the poor were allowed to glean the edges of a field.

This was an acknowledgment of need.