Preach always… And when neccisary use words

So, I haven’t been blogging much and I don’t see that changing anytime soon due to busy schedule. For those of you who don’t know, I am on a summer internship/mission trip through NAMB (North American Mission Board).

Today I went with a fellow intern, the pastor of church we are interning at and a couple members of his church to work with the BGC (Baptist General Convention) disaster relief program in working to rebuild a town after it was destroyed by flooding And decided to share experience.

The area I am in is extremely liberal and “post christian”, many grew up in church and left it for Buddhism, new age beliefs, humanism etc. and are jaded with Christianity (back ground knowledge… Now for experience). We got up early and drove about an hour to “ground zero” of flooding. After arriving we split into two teams, my team set up and began tearing out molded sheet rock and floor boards so the walls could be cleaned, mold eradicated, and new sheet rock put in. We were serving God by serving others and it felt great, exhausting but great. In the midst of this disaster relief effort these people so jaded with Christianity saw the love of God in action and relationships were built. Several people ended up coming to Christ… And for the first time in my life I understood the expression “preach always and when neccisary use words. We did more good serving them in an afternoon then could have been done in months of preaching.

My take away: ministry doesn’t always have to be verbal. Serve people, demonstrate the love of God, build relationships and then when it is time preach. People are tired of fake Christians… Show them the real thing and be a lamp through which the light of Christ can shine.

Shout out to the Mennonite disaster relief team that was also there demonstrating Christ.

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