Are You Getting in the Way?
Mauricio, his wife Rebecca and there three awesome kids moved from the safe confines of seminary housing into a 64′ Mobile Home in one of the Northshore’s largest Mobile Home Parks in order to be On Mission, plant life, and help our church go forward with our incarnational church planting strategy. He’s written about how this move meant moving below the poverty line for their family. And his observations here make for one of the clearest cases for incarnational ministry that I’ve read:
Getting in the way is not always a bad thing. In fact, perhaps we should get in the way more often.
I have been praying for God to show me how coaching and living here in the park are connecting. In searching for what He has called me to do the I have found that He has called me to get in the way. Get in the way of what?
He has called me to get in the way of young boys becoming drug addicts and womanizers. He has called me to get in the way of people feeling like they are worthless and unable to achieve beyond what they have. I am called to get in the way of young girls becoming mothers too early, or prostitutes to support a drug habit. He has put me here to get in the way of young girls feeling low and inconfident, making them prime candidates for sexual abuse. He has put me here to get in the way of young men ending up in prison or becoming thugs. He has put me here to get in the way of spousal abuse and oppression. He has called me to get in the way of women becoming objects of lust and men becoming oppressors of women. What has He called me here for? To get in the way of those walking the path to death and darkness, and guide them out of the darkness and into the light.
Check out the entire post and follow Mauricio at missionarycoach.wordpress.com. Also, pray for Mauricio and Rebecca’s work. And, you can get involved this weekend as we put our Faith in Action at the park through light construction projects, delivering food to elderly residents, and more. Check out our projects for Sunday here and/or message me for more info – firstname.lastname@example.org.