While I Was A Stranger...God Welcomed Me.

While I Was A Stranger...God Welcomed Me.

Stranger is not a term that has a particularly positive connotation. We learn from an early age that “stranger = danger.” This is a great concept for young kids to learn about possible dangers in unfamiliar places, but probably a concept that refines with age. Right? I have to admit, I carried that memorable caution into my adulthood. 

"People who are strangers must be bad, and therefore, should be kept at arm’s length.” It wasn’t necessarily an expressed thought, more of an underlying theme that conveniently supported my introverted wiring.

What does God’s Word tell us about strangers? Here’s a hint, it lacks the memorable rhyme schemes of my childhood learnings. Hebrews 13:1-2 tells us, “Keep loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Did you catch that? The author of Hebrews places showing hospitality to strangers in the same breath as loving our brothers and sisters. 

Three Reasons Why We Care for Our Community

Three Reasons Why We Care for Our Community

1.     The Church has always cared for community needs.

Jesus did not just preach the Gospel. He met physical and emotional needs by healing, feeding, and simply showing love to people. This approach continued from the very beginning of the first church. The Apostles were overwhelmed by the needs of widows in their community, so they appointed seven men to oversee that ministry and make sure that all of the widows were cared for (Acts 6).

 

2.     The Church is the only organization that can meet certain needs.

Our community, like every community, has people in great physical need. Financial issues, homelessness, and substance abuse are not uncommon in our area.

Stories from Converse, Indiana

Stories from Converse, Indiana

On July 6, we took a group of high schoolers from PCC Students to the Ark Ministries to help out with a camp called Mephibosheth. The camp was directed at giving those with special needs the opportunity to have fun and learn about Jesus.

We all packed up in a 15 passenger van and headed out for Converse, Indiana. We had no clue what to expect or really what we were getting ourselves into. We arrived at camp early in the morning, settled in, and prepared for the week to come.

Stories from the Balkans 2019

Stories from the Balkans 2019

This week, we met Jesus in the Balkans.

On July 6, our team of 13 people met at PCC and headed for the airport. We were Balkans-bound at last! Everyone was excited. As we grew to know each other preparing for the trip, we were confident that God had placed each person on the team for a specific reason. We had been prepping for weeks to run a sports camp with kids in the Balkans, many of whom had never heard of the love of Jesus. Our bags were packed, our flights were booked, and we were ready to go! 

We met Jesus at the airport. The moment we tried to check in at the airport, chaos ensued…