Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Value of Church Family

We've been busy with family visiting us for the last 2 months. After the birth of our second baby at the beginning of April, my mom and mother-in-law have now come for lovely visits with us. They are now back in the US, and we're missing having them around to help around the house and enjoy life together. It's nice to have them around to celebrate things like the birth of a baby, but living so far away makes it a challenge to have them around to help when we need it. Living abroad and serving the Lord outside our home country has its sacrifices.

My husband and I are discovering that's where our church family comes in. We've connected with our church family a lot in the last year. My husband and I lead a small group at our church. It's part of our job to grow the community in our little group, but it also benefits us since we don't have family near by. With the Lord's help, we're working to build the community in our small group by doing things like opening our home and reaching out to those who have a need.

A few weeks ago, my husband had a shed that needed staining. So we invited our life group to help us. And while we were at it we had a barbecue! It was great to spend time with those in our small group outside of our usual Sunday and Wednesday meetings. One great thing about our weekend barbecue was it enabled a family with small children to come who normally can't attend during the week!

Here are 3 things I've found to help build community where we live.

Serve each other. Help with redecorating, provide a meal, help them move house. When we had our baby in April, our friends provided us with meals so I didn't have to cook!

Worship together. This might go without saying in a small group, but it's important to come before the the throne of our God—together. The best place for this is in our Wednesday night meetings at our home.

Pray for one another. Again, it probably seems obvious, but it's so important. We pass around text messages among those in our small group and church when there's a need. It is great to see God move when the Body of Christ is united in prayer!

There are other ways to build community, but these are just a few that have helped us in the past year.

How do you build community where you live?

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