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Community Life and Transformation

One of Seg-Way key new initiatives is to help students start Witnessing/Discipling Communities off campus among the poor.  I am excited about the partnership with Hope Unlimited. Hope Unlimited is a non-profit organization based in Brazil that helps street children by providing them a productive future and eternal hope. I will be sharing more about this work in an upcoming post.

On a different note, I want to share about the transformation that occurs in us when we choose to live intentionally in a community. It’s a kind of transformation that starts from the inside and mirrors on the outside. The one that changes our spirit and soul and reflects in our character as we relate to God and to one another in a community. Sharing space with one or more people that aren’t family in a sense of blood relation builds character. It reveals and kills our selfishness if we allow it.  It teaches us to put our needs and wants after other people needs and wants. Most of all, it is a great avenue to learn to forgive others after repeated offenses and to forgive ourselves when we fail to extend grace over and over. It finally forces us to reach beyond our strengths and to trust a God who “has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness”. 2 Peter 1: 3 . It has been a privilege to hear testimonies of this transformation occurring in many of the residents at our Christian Community house.

Please, be praying with me for financial provision.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving break :)!

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Incremental Growth

According to the free dictionary online, incremental means “A slight, often barely perceptible augmentation”. In other words, things are moving forward but they are so small that it’s very hard to perceive them. Life can feel very stagnant at times. However, feeling like that doesn’t accurately portray reality. I came to the conclusion that when I am feeling motionless, it means incremental growth is happening. It’s comparable to the slow and unnoticeable way leaves change colors during fall. It’s like one day, I wake up and nature has dressed itself up for a final show of colorful splendor before another kind of colorless beauty settles in. It reminds me of Lamentations 3: 22 and 23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

We had a house retreat few weeks ago. It was good and relaxing, a great connection time as a house with its founder and his family. We are currently exploring and praying about ways for the house to be more intentional in expressing itself outwardly by connecting with the various communities around. For example we will be having a monthly community service opportunity to help with a shelter meal outreach program in the inner city.

A Year of Harvest

Matthew 9:37-38 “Then he said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I have prayed this prayer often. I have come to a place where I see the harvest field as any areas of life where we find ourselves next. It is anything from working for a for-profit organization, a charitable organization or a school. It is also when we play with a child or get coffee with a friend.

One area of my harvest field this year will consist of working as a Campus Missionary with Seg-Way Ministries at the University of Minnesota.