Reposting: Hope you find it encouraging…. C.Hahlen 10/2016
A while back I interviewed a young man concerning the work we are doing just outside the inner city.
This isn’t a criticism of him – but since he came from a very upper end suburban church and had only very successful mid to large size churches on his resume I was skeptical about his ability to work in our settimg.
Average family income in the low 30 k range
Most kids in school on public assistance.
Mixed race marriages.
Mostly blended families.
Almost non existent church budget.
He could learn to work here. I know – it was a learning curve for me.
However he asked a telling question during the interview. “Why would anyone want to work there or live there? ”
Same reason a Samaritan stopped to help and injured Jew.
Same reason Paul went to Corinth and Rome.
Same reason God.emptied himself and came to live in our neighborhood.
Those cool churches do a lot of cool things I would love to do. But we cannot.
We can however hug a 2 year old who constantly calls me Papa (I am a PaPa just not his).
We can however offer free lunches for kids and have spiritual conversations with their Dad.
We can offer the parking lot as a safe place to learn how to ride a bike.
I didn’t hire him. I wanted to. Mainly since he needed to learn the fun side of dysfunctional communities.
Maybe he will see these people with God’s eyes as he matures.
I pray he does.