Looking for Open Doors
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. –African proverb
Last week’s action and reflection on the sermon encouraged us to ask God to open doors to mission: specific ways for us to present Christ and his kingdom to the world, our neighborhood, family and friends. We were challenged to identify a door that is opening just now. What is it? Where is it? Who is it?
Looking for open doors to mission is both a personal and a communal thing for me.
Recently God has opened doors for Hope Church to partner with other churches and community groups in several areas of outreach. As individuals, or churches working alone, we might flounder, but together we are able to go deeper and farther in understanding the needs and assets of these communities, and to demonstrate the love of Christ. I’m excited to see how God will weave us together in these partnerships!
One door I have walked through personally is to join a group of people from Bloomington and Richfield churches to pray for God’s leading in reaching out to a non-Christian immigrant group in our area. For many of the women, and some of the older men, there are many barriers to literacy and learning English, and they feel isolated. God may be leading others from Hope Church to be part of this as well – is God opening the door for us now?
Maybe God has shown you an open door, but it is a bit daunting to walk through it on your own. Pray for boldness to walk through and that God will lead you to others whom He is calling to walk alongside you.
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator