Saturday, February 01, 2020

The Moderator's Column

“Being the Church”

I spent the first full week of February on a Disaster Relief Project in Lumberton, North Carolina. The folks at Dutchtown COB have fully embraced this ministry for a variety of reasons, one being that at the end of each day results are observable. This makes us want to come back day after day.

We are a people who measure success by being able to look back at the end of the day, and to see the fruit of our labors. Yet, during the orientation, we are reminded - and even encouraged – to listen to the homeowner’s story! This could be the most valuable thing you do all week.

When we first started going on these trips and a homeowner wanted to visit “My Guys” would gently point me in the direction of the Homeowner to listen to their story because for they had work to do. However, over the years they slowly but surely took that time to “listen”. Now they count themselves blessed when they have this honor!

“Being the Church” happens in many ways. I’ve learned that one is that willingness to “sit” with someone as they tell their story.

Love y’all,
Moderator Rick