Love is Like a… Can of Green Beans?

Posted: May 28, 2012 in QT's
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Last week we had a group of missionaries visit our church. They were part of a team called Creative Missions that was doing some work in Northwest Arkansas. (You can find out more about them here http://mediableep.com/2010/04/01/a-mission-trip-for-creatives/.) Anyway, this group was at our church and as we were walking through the facilities and discussing the deep things of ministry one guy all of a sudden asks, “Dude, what’s up with all the green beans?”

It was actually a good question. You see, we were walking by two stacks, probably ten or twelve cases of, you guessed it, green beans. Not only that but there were also several of the giant cans of green beans you get from Sam’s in our front office. I didn’t think anything about it but this guy was like, “Something’s up with this church and green beans” and he wanted to know what it was.

I was happy to tell him.

You see, our church has decided that we’re going to love the people in our community by feeding them. We run vans every Wednesday and Sunday to pick up kids, and sometimes even some adults, that don’t otherwise have a way to come to church, and many of them are hungry. The folks at my church have realized that this is a very real and practical way that we can show the love of Christ to the people in our community. So, people in our church donate food and now every Wednesday at 6:00PM we have a “Family Meal”.  We pick kids up, we invite all of our church family and families in the community to come and enjoy a meal together. It’s a way to reach out and share the love of Christ and have an opportunity to share the gospel of Christ.

I know, cutting edge ministry right?

Sometimes the simple things are the most effective. After all, Jesus did say, “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:42, ESV)

So, what’s up with all the green beans? Aw you know, just my church loving people with the love of Christ.

Don’t miss the opportunities that are all around you.

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