I love my friends.
With Nightstrike on a hiatus until January 18th (the director is taking his sabbatical), a few of my friends and I were itching to get back out and serve. On Friday night 12 of us got together at Winco and spent roughly $10 on 4 loaves of bread, peanut butter, jelly, and hot cocoa. We carpooled downtown. I opened up Liberation and we put together walk-about bags for 3 groups. Each bag had just over a loaf of PB&J's, 20 socks, and carafe of Hot Cocoa with 20 cups. Before hitting the streets we spent some time in worship, prayer, orientation to prepare our hearts and minds, and read through Matthew 5:1-16. We spent the next 2 hours on the cold, wet, and windy streets of Portland serving our city and loving on people.
I was really challenged by something Marshall (the director of Bridgetown) said a couple months ago to a group of 120 volunteers before Nightstrike. He questioned whether this would still happen if Bridgetown wasn't there? Would the Church still be alive and active? (For a great quick read on what the healthy Church looks like using different analogies in Scripture, check out Mark's Lesson #2: The Church as the family and body of Christ)
I am so blessed to have a great group of friends who are pursuing what living a Christ-centered life looks like in the context of being a young adult in the 21st century.
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