I think we finally found our home.
We have been church shopping for years. - Every church has been nice but nothing really pulled us in. They all lacked something that until now I couldn't have really pin pointed what it was
but Mission feels like home. Their values match my values and what my parents taught me growing up. My parents both grew up in a very 'religious' atmosphere and they felt that religion in todays culture doesn't meet what God is asking of us. they live by this -
For example the last church went to previously is doing a seven campus's in seven years. - I still cant grasp the reason for so much money to be spent on buildings. My grandmothers church just did same thing they spent millions on a activity center for the children. but you had to be a member of the church to get in. how does that represent Jesus.
At mission they are all about the bible. Open your book and read the word then take action !
So the week before easter they had their grand opening of the new building ( which they built because they were continually over capacity in the previous center) my point. - after spending that money on a building they decided to supply one year of water to a needy person in haiti for every person that walked through those doors that day. So many people showed up that an entire community for the rest of their lives will have clean water. -
health and sanitation
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
check out: www.charitywater.org
Then This week speakers from the different ministries Mission church supports came to share their stories and the impact the people of the church have made, making and continue to make. One ministry is in central america and the goal is to rescue girls from sex trafficking. Did you know that they have no idea down there that incest is not normal! -
the second speaker was a chief in malowi and she discussed all the changes occurring there and how donations we make here change lives there. He speech was encouraging and rewarding .
She talked about how it may feel like your not changing anyones life by being here at mission but because of missions goals and partnerships the money donated changes lives and that each and every person has helped change lives. She added a side note that she is astonished and brings her to tears to see the youth of this church do ministry.
Baptisims a few weeks ago were done by friends and family and each person had to give a testimony as to why they wanted to be baptized.
My point - I simply want to share my excitement of finding a church that truly believes and demonstrates what I believe the good lord asks of us. To say that despite all the despair, violence, religion being a subject people avoid their are still so many good people, people who are trying to make a difference . It still amazes me the faith, hope and happiness that the oppressed contain. its truly inspiring.