When we started our ministry, we considered all the things we could do. We thought about all the ministries we could offer, children’s Sunday school, outreach programs and small group bible studies and the list went on and on. We considered finding a permanent church building where people could come to visit us, worship with us and have fellowship with us. We looked to become a destination that anyone who was looking Christ could find him.
Our plans were large, however, our ability to follow those plans were not. One could understand the disappointment that we felt when we realized that what we wanted to do and what we could do were vastly different.
We took time to reflect and pray about our ministry. We spent time talking and thinking about how we could be a church, a ministry a place in which we could follow the call God presented us with. It did not take long for us to understand that we attempted to take God’s call and make it fit into what our desires were, rather than what he desired us to do.
We considered the ministry of Paul, how his ministry was one that traveled. It was one that was not contained in a place or a destination, rather, it was one in which he took the news of Jesus Christ, and the salvation He won for us on the cross. It became clear to us that we needed to go where we are called rather than being a destination for people to look for. It was frightening at first, placing ourselves outside the walls of a church building.
As we started this walk with Christ, as God had called us to do, we quickly understood the reason we need to have no walls, the reason that we needed to become a traveling ministry. God’s children are not always those who come to a church building. They are on the streets, they are in homes that they cannot leave. They can be found nearly in every location we could travel to. We learned that once you take away the responsibility of maintaining a building, we could spend more time following the path we had been called to.
We also learned that without walls that may separate us, we could take the message of the gospels to those who may need it the most. This being said, I know that many of us find our comfort in the church proper. I know for many of us, there is a connection to God and His Son in a place of worship where they can gather as a community of the faithful. My prayer for you is, may God’s house always provide you with all that you need when you are in His presence.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I also.”. Our ministry seeks to bring those two or three together to experience the news of the Gospels, to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, and know the comfort we have in having a relationship with our Lord Jesus.
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40
Pastor Lisa Chachula