As I write this column, I am preparing to go on our mission trip to the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean! (By the time you read this, it will have already happened!)
A few years ago, a large church out in Chicago called Willow Creek did a survey about the best way for people to grow in their faith. They found that small groups are most helpful for those who are seeking or just starting out in their faith, and that mission trips are most helpful for those who have been Christians for a while.
This is because it is a great way to put your faith into action, and to see what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus as part of a community. We often say about mission trips that we are going to help someone, and that is certainly an important component of them. But in the end, the people who get “helped” the most are those who go as servants!
The Holy Spirit always seems to be active in people’s lives when they have a heart for serving others. I certainly look forward to what God is going to do on our trip, and I also look forward to hearing about what God is going to do on our church’s work camp trip to Ohio the same week! In addition, let’s not forget: dinner and fellowship with the residents of the Dismas House, the first Thursday of every month, and our week of dinners and overnight chaperoning with the families at the Interfaith Hospitality Network house in July, both in Worchester.
May we be a church of growing faith!
Pastor Paul email: email@example.com