Youth News - September 2010
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September 2010
by Matt Kay

At the time that I’m writing this article, I’ve been home for a little less than a week from the JUNE Project Missions trip to Pennsylvania. Our youth had a blast worshipping, serving communities and families in need, and enjoying down times with fun activities last week!

I was blown away by the people who saw the work that was being done in their community and joined in by serving and expressing their thanks and appreciation for the ministry that was being done in their city. There were some in our group that were interviewed for an article that was being written for a local newspaper, there was a man from a bottled water delivery truck who refreshed our group on a hot day, there was a woman and her two young children who quietly dropped off sandwiches and a jug of Kool-Aid to one of our work sites, there was a group of women from a local church in Reading who housed all of us for lunch one afternoon, there was a woman who owns a Rita’s Water Ice who donated free water ice to all of the people on the JUNE Project… the outpouring of support was incredible!

On top of all that, there were people who asked the question “Why?” People wanted to know why groups of churches from Jersey would sacrifice their time and effort to serve the broken areas of their community. It made me think of what kind of work we can continue to do in our community that would get people asking us “Why?”

And we have the greatest reason to give and to serve, because we serve a God who was willing to step down and sacrifice all comforts for our sake. We have a King who was willing to become a servant to people like us! What a humbling thought! The Apostle Paul puts it in this way:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2.5-11

May we be a people who carry this same attitude of Christ in the Spirit of Christ! May we be a people who consider the needs of others and not just of ourselves, a people who count others as more significant than ourselves, and a people who love each other and our neighbors so much that the reality of God’s Kingdom becomes a reality on earth as it is in heaven!

What can we do to show the love of Christ to the broken areas of our community?

Grace & Peace from Him to you!

- Matt


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