Perceptions from the mission field

Hey Brodie,

I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve learned at Church on the Street and something finally tumbled out!

From the perspective of one who used to arrange for a large group to serve meals at the Pine Street lot, here’s some of what I’ve learned. (I really want to try to say this without bashing drive-by ministries!)

Planning, preparing meals, sorting donations and getting volunteers to serve in the parking lot is a crazy amount of work. Once in the parking lot, I was so busy serving, setting up and running other volunteers, that I had absolutely no time to interact with the people we were going to serve. Making folks line up and behave for food and clothes felt really awful — not like I was loving them at all. Going to Church on the Street with a heart open to give only yourself in order to see how God will work leaves a whole lot more room for God to work. It’s a step towards living like I really believe in the power of the Holy Spirit rather than in the power of my own works. 

I hope to see y’all on Wednesday!

(I received this email from one of our staff members)


3 thoughts on “Perceptions from the mission field

  1. I also tend to feel this way when volunteering at food distribution and donation sites. I know that it’s needed, but I feel like a robot just handing out things. I never really connect with anybody in a way that says “Hey, I’m your neighbor. I’m a person who wants to help other people.”

    1. Your thoughts are exactly why we changed the way we were doing meals. We are not a soup kitchen. We are serving others as Jesus commanded and part of service is to make all feel welcome and human.

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