Have Faith and Follow
Robin Linkhart, Council of Twelve Apostles
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him. -Luke 5:10b-11
I sat on the sidewalk digging in the flowerbed in front of our church: the little white church on the corner one block east of Columbine Elementary School. On the same block across the street stood a low-income apartment complex estimated to house over 350 kids and their families. None of our members lived in this neighborhood. Every Sunday we drove in from other parts of town and nearby communities, from home to car to church and back again.
I dug my hand shovel into the soil hardened by winter. The smells of early gardening awakened my senses and suddenly sounds all around caught my attention: dogs barking, kids playing, stroller wheels squeaking, lawnmowers, cars, and a lively local radio station.
I was a young, green pastor planting flowers and listening to the sounds of our church’s neighborhood, a community of people we didn’t know, when my heart heard the words, “Be my presence here,” or as Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water.” God had my attention.
Not long after that our little congregation began to ask ourselves questions. We matched needs in our neighborhood with resident giftedness and discovered we could provide a tutoring service one afternoon a week to help kids experience success at school.
We talked with school officials, set up volunteer schedules, purchased snacks and supplies, printed flyers, and launched out into the deep. Every Tuesday, four weeks in a row, we met at the church, put out our signs, and waited. No one came. Then, on the fifth week, they started coming, and it continued week after week after week-four, then nine, then 12, and sometimes 20 or more. Our nets were full.
For ten years the Homework Club at the little white church on the corner “put out into the deep,” touching hundreds of lives in ways that changed all of us, and we were amazed.
God is here today. (“Dios est\xc3\xa1 aqu\xc3\xad” CCS 150)
Breathing in the Spirit
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