It’s anything but over. Our Forty Days have dropped one by one from the calendar but they are far from over. Why? Because Forty Days of Community was not an end in itself. It was not a program to run that had a beginning followed by a termination date. It was more. It was a change of mindset, lifestyle, and how we do ministry. It’s not over. It’s only beginning. Here’s how.
The deepening connections and relationships our groups have formed will continue. It’s amazing how people who know each other long and well can know each other, and love each other, more deeply. But it’s happening. It’s kind of like a good marriage.
The ministries that our groups were challenged to do together are only beginning. As I’m writing this in my office outside in the hall people from one of our groups are putting together care packages for the needy. In each one our card that says “You Are Important To God” is being placed. Yesterday one of our groups gathered information from people in our church about the kinds of service to others they can do. That is being compiled and out of that list hundreds of acts of service will flow to people within our church and without it, too. We want those without to know they can be within. One of our groups has dedicated themselves to helping with our Friday night Respite ministry. They showed up last week and will continue to show up every month. Their presence was hailed by the few who have carried that ministry from its inception as a real answer to prayer. And Tabitha’s Place will be blessed too. One of our groups is coming alongside them to help with that ministry to the hungry. You’ll be asked to help keep Tabitha’s Place’s pantry stocked. And you’ve probably been asked to buy a BBQ plate or Boston Butt. That is financing a regional youth rally that will be held here that another group is organizing.
The groups will also continue to meet, to study, to pray, to serve. With this emphasis we have tripled the number of people involved in Sunday evening activities. More people are being taught and more people are serving than there were when we simply had activities here. That will continue as it should.
Forty Days will go on. And with God’s blessing will never end.