What a day!

Wow!  Let the Kingdom come!  Today was awesome!

We took about 35 youth from Community Covenent down to a government funded housing area of Kansas City, called T.B. Watkins.  We brought 50 handmade sandwiches, lots of chips, cold water with some chairs, blankets and soccer balls.  Set down the coolers and within minutes we had a swarm of kids around us ready to play.  The highschool kids got right in and started playing games with the kids, talked with the moms and served up all the sandwiches, water and chips.

We had just listened to the pastor give a message on how we as believers should be a city of refuge to the broken, hurting just like Jesus is a refuge to anyone who comes to Him.

Well, we got to act it out today.  The little park in the center of this government housing area was a place of refuge, fun and joy.  We were honored to be a part of it.  And we will pray that this is a perfect opportunity to continue ministering right in their home town.

Seren

KC Youth

We had a great time sharing our story with the youth at CCC today!  We had a captive audience as we told about our nasty grease hunts, some of the people we have met along the journey and gave a summary of why we are out here.  What an opportunity we were given as George, the youth pastor, gave us the entire Sunday school time!

We will be taking some of them downtown Kansas City, MO to eat and hang out with some of the homeless community.  Our sign up sheet of supplies and food we need is FULL!  The kids are excited (I think) to join us in a mini mission trip right in their own neck of the woods.  This happens to be perfect timing since many of them just got back from a Mexico mission trip; their hearts are still processing the effects of poverty and hopelessness.  We hope this is just another moment for the Lord to speak to these kids of His great Hope for all His children!

Please continue to pray for us and for this next venture as we take this new group downtown next Sunday.

Seren

Joshua Station Kids :)

School of Radical Christianity

We dropped in on the folks at Holy Family Catholic Worker House today.  If you don’t know much about the Catholic Worker Movement or it’s founder Dorthy Day, I encourage you to check them out.  Her solidarity with the poor brought on much persecution here in the United States.  She was hated for advocating socialist ideals, she was arrested for protesting women being excluded from voting, and for protesting both European wars.

The “Holy House” as it is known in the neighborhood, was a peaceful, welcoming place.  The rythms of life seem simpler, smoother, and in a lot of ways easier, although life in a working poor neighborhood can obviously have it’s difficulties.  The house opens it’s doors 4 times a week to anyone who is interested in coming for breakfast, and 6 times a week for dinner.  They have designed and intentional times for community, for prayer, for spending time together in service, and all of it based on the Gospel.  There website says it best:

We live, in community, a simply lifestyle and are about a ministry of specific works of mercy and works of justice.  Community and ministry are necessarily integrated elements of living at Holy Family House.  Part of the on-going purpose of Catholic Worker, by tradition, is to be a “school of radical Christianity, an invitation to know, through experience, the Gospel Jesus, who chose to become like, be with and for the poor.”

I saw this quote today while I was there and I can only hope that we as Christians, and specifically we as Mustard Seed Ministries can, through Christ, be able to do this:

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.

Where there is error, may we bring truth.

Where there is doubt, may we bring faith.

Where there is despair, may we bring hope.

St. Francis of Assisi

Andy for Mustard Seed Ministries

Goodbye Denver!

It was hard to say goodbye this time.  It has been hard every time, but this time seemed a little more bittersweet.  I felt like we started to become part of the family at Joshua Station.  They welcomed us with open arms and then wrapped our arms around them as we departed. God is doing so much there and there is so much more He wants to do.  We will give a better explanation of what we saw in the next post.

It was so good to see friends from home and spend some time catching up and enjoying the presence of folks who know us and love us.  Thank you Carlocks and Geisbrechts for letting us come and invade your homes- may you be blessed for your hospitality and friendship!  Guys from CLG- it was SO good to see you all!

To those at Sox Place, Scum of the Earth and St. Francis, thank you for letting us take part in the work and fellowship that you do with those who often get forgotten.  We will pray for much favor as you pour out your hearts, your grunt work, and your resources into the Kingdom of God.

Goodbye friends!  We pray that God reveals more of His heart to all of you and gives you a passion to work out the calling He has on your life with perseverance, joy, hope and faith.

Seren for MSM

Another Answered Prayer

Hanging out here at Joshua Station in Denver, CO it’s easy to notice the highs and lows the residents go through living in Community with each other. Yesterday, we were able to see both. One of the resident volunteers came to us in the morning and told us her work computer was stolen while she was sleeping. Someone had gone through the window and grabbed it. The computer had over 1500 credit card #s on it.  As a group we stopped and prayed that she would have peace and that specifically whoever took it would be convicted and return it to her. Well, less than 8 hours later the computer was returned! The owner was able to show love and forgiveness toward the thief and Jesus was glorified again.

-Tim 4 MSM

Scum of the Earth

To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.  (I Corinthians 4:11-13)

We went to church last night at a place called Scum of the Earth Church.  It was amazing, the mix of people.  From hipsters, to punks, to the homeless, all worshiping the one true God.  The only God who can bring all of these people together. 

A meal was served before the service, breakfast burritos with an optional fire-hot salsa.  We have all been in churches where we have felt judged, where we haven’t felt completely accepted.  At SOTE I felt that it didn’t matter how I worshipped, what I said, or what I looked like, I was accepted. 

When the original leadership was planning the church they asked themselves “If you were going to create a church that would be the kind of place in which you could be yourself, to which you could invite friends and they’d feel comfortable, what would it look like?”  Over the past 8 years it looks like Scum kept true to answering that question.  Homeless men and women were worshipping next to professionals, who were worshipping next to teenage skaters and punks.  All feeling the presence of God.  All the scum of the earth, all forgiven, accepted, and loved.

Andy for MSM