“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
It was rainy every day last week, but not on Saturday! Jesus said that it is “more blessed to give than to receive,” and we experienced this intimately during our community outreach. Fourteen members participated and I was deeply touched by our unified joy and the deep feeling of family comradery. Our goal was clear and our partnership strong. Many were attracted by our game booth, gifts, face masks, and raffle.
As we engaged with local residents, I noticed how so many seemed to desire interpersonal connection during this pandemic. It was a blessing to interact with our neighbours of different enthic backgrounds, and even some tourists. Listening to their stories and watching them play games, then leaving with big smiles and gifts, was truly priceless.
The cooperation among our brothers and sisters was also so touching. Some quickly bought supplies as gifts and candies began to run out. Some held the game board with their hands, some distributed tracts and actively connected with bystanders. Although it was sunny, it was still chilly. I was so proud of their red noses and hands, so dedicated to serving.
Many passing by asked us out of curiosity, why are you doing this? Where do you come from? These were of course God-sent moments for us to introduce our church. These questions and interactions also allowed me to reflect more deeply. We have been here for more than 60 years–are we just another building to our neighbours? What differences are we bringing to their lives?
There is truly no time like the present for us to step out of our building–we must extend the church. Like Christ, we must bring home the sheep that have wandered from the pen.
The “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi” rings clearly in my heart. May this song become our daily reminder to be close to the heart of our Lord Jesus.