During COVID-19, small businesses in our community are struggling or closed. That’s why I’ve been visiting them to encourage and help promote their businesses on our church’s social media channels. It’s given me opportunities to connect with them, begin building relationships with them, serve them, and even share the gospel with them. How awesome is to know that Natalie, one of the owners I met last week, accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord? Very! A visit became an hour and a half conversations, and she is now a sister in Christ.
As you can imagine, all our plans are stopped. For a church planter, this isn’t easy. However, loving our community isn’t stopping. We’ve been sharing that we desire to be the church in the community and for the community so that every person, family, and society may overflow with hope. That’s why we cannot stop loving the community.
In Acts 3, Peter said to the beggar “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” We may not have silver or gold to giveaway. We’re not even sure how we can pay the rent in the next few months. Nonetheless, I’m super excited to see what God is doing in and through us. We will continue to give out what we have in the name of Jesus Christ. 😀
By the way, I want to say a big thank you to California Southern Baptist Convention, North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Send Network for equipping us to be the church for our community. We’re in this together! We’re stronger together!
Your brother Karo