Bria Connolly writing on why we serve in the community and in the church,and why we ask students to join in the same.
We started this year with a mission in mind: to see students take a love for Jesus, scripture, and each other out into a world that is in desperate need. We saw this in action in San Fransisco as we walked through the streets and met eye to eye with people who needed love, and as we served food at GLIDE to countless people that came in and out of its doors. We saw it at Middle School Summer camp, as High School students gave a week of their summer to come and serve in whatever way they were needed. We saw the desire to serve, and the ability to act.
This year, we don’t just want to come home with memories of how God moved in these spaces over summer.
What does it look like for Him to do the same things HERE, in Eugene. Here, in their schools. Here, in their community.
This year, we are asking students to step into what God has for them. Every day, every moment, and in every space. To be people that are defined by service, and a heart for people who are lost.
Dave taught on building out on a recent Wednesday night, and that is exactly what it is time to do.
We see these words written in the Scriptures of those who were living in this “build out” mentality.
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their home, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:45-57
The build out came from a love for Jesus, a love for each other, and a desire to meet the needs they saw around them.
That is what we are asking of students. That they would take steps toward living vulnerably with one another and serving those around them out of what they have been given.
We do not give this call lightly. We know in calling students to build out, we must first live out an example of this. So, UFC Youth leadership is also taking steps toward this type of community, toward this type of service.
If you hear us talk about “family vibes” it is reference to this family of God that we see in Acts. That we would be leadership team that not only serves together, but breaks bread together, who does life together.
The leadership team is serving together, in the community we live in, and inviting students to do the same.
Today we had the privilege of being at Food for Lane County. Our job was simple, and it was a sweet time of being able to build not only our team, but to also seek to build up those around us.
These are the simple acts of service we are inviting students into this year. Wether it be at Food for Lane County too, or Hosea, or Sack Lunch, or countless other community spaces they can get involved in. We are asking them to say yes to being the church out in the world, and we are saying yes with them.
Contact your student’s small group leader, or a team leader, for places they can serve in the community and we will keep you posted on group service projects.
Let this year be one where we can say we said “yes” to building out.