While the church at Antioch was worshipping, fasting, and praying, they responded to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to set apart Barnabas and Paul for the work to which God had called them. They laid hands on them and sent them out. (Acts 13)
Later when Paul was a prisoner at Rome, Epaphroditus was sent from Philippi to minister to him. He attended to Paul’s physical needs by bringing food and other necessities, and assisted Paul in his missionary work. Epaphroditus worked so hard that he became extremely ill, but God restored him to health. His short term efforts bolstered the effectiveness of Paul’s ministry. He then returned to the congregation who had sent him–along with a letter of encouragement from Paul.
This summer we invite you into some short term intergenerational mission experiences in the Twin Cities area.
· June 4-10: Hosting temporarily homeless families at Hope Church. Choose one evening to spend a couple of hours with them.
· June 18-22: Partnering in one week of a 6-week neighborhood kids program with a church in Shakopee, and building a playground
· A weekend in August: Assisting a Cambodian church in Crystal with cleaning, painting, and repair projects
Like Epaphroditus, you will bring a ministry of presence and partnership with other Christians to the places you serve. And they will encourage us in our mission to create a crossover community that is moved by Jesus, toward one another.
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Director