Intertwined with Jesus!
From there, he (Jesus) went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the “Ten Towns” across the lake, others up from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan.
— MATTHEW 4:23–25 (MSG)
Jesus’ ministry on street corners had a huge impact in His community. He changed the lives of individuals, their friends, and their families.
Similarly, our ministries afford us an opportunity to reach people for the Kingdom by instilling in them the love of Christ. As we get to know people, we’re able to intertwine God’s love into the social fabric.
When you have a clean–up day at a park or serve at an emergency disaster site or offer a hot drink on a winter day, will you intertwine Jesus into it?
We’re given the privilege to offer services and programs (for youth and adults) at our corps and Adult Rehabilitation Centers that can transform lives and affect entire communities.
Jesus used such opportunities to heal people. As word spread, more people sought Him.
Think about the opportunities you have to integrate mission into every part of your community interactions.
“…the Spirit of God leading us…to streets of opportunity…”
— Commissioner William A. Bamford