Sometimes ministries start by recognizing a need and mobilizing to meet it. But the often untapped opening for ministries happens with simply offering Jesus who-we-are and what-we-have. It doesn’t come through trying to be different than we are. It comes by surrendering exactly who we are.
That’s the way our quilting ministries started at North Seattle Friends. And now we have a new story. The church owns a separate building in very bad repair. While we had lot of creative ideas about how it could be used in ministry, we had no financial means to make any of it happen. So we kept asking Jesus how this could be used for ministry given that we had no money to make anything happen.
The answer came in the form of a community group that through grant funding has repaired the building and established a Tool Library and a Bike shack in our space. I am so impressed with the same principle of loaves and fish bearing fruit again. The tools are donated and are lent to anyone who becomes part of the Tool Library membership. The Bike shack is the collaborative effort of having the tools and expertise for folks to fix their own bicycles. In each case these good ideas are contributing the sustainability of resources, helping folks with their practical needs and building relationships with hundreds of people who would have been strangers.
Common things. Uncommon ministries.
Contributed by Jan Wood, North Seattle Friends