Koinonia: Greek for “loving fellowship”

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a bbq feast

We are having a great time with the folks here at Koinonia.  It has been an opportunity to experience another intentional community perspective, joining in with their devotions, daily chores, chapel, meals, work, play, etc.

Andy Holm plays a mean guitar

I am always captivated by all the stories and reasons for settling down in places like this.  Most of the residents here have come because they desired to see a change in their lives; they wanted to find a place to live out the Gospel in community rather than just talk about it and strive to do it on their own.

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When we first came here we were in awe of the history and how much impact this community has had in the South.  Heck, they were just awarded the International Peace Award!  Being here feels like a huge honor and privilege.  But as we dove into life here and have started getting to know the families and individuals, we are being humored once again as the Lord reminds us how community is hard and ever-shifting.   This place is amazing- their ministries are beautiful, the people are beautiful, the vision that they are restoring and building up again is beautiful, but they are REAL people.  Just throw a bunch of people together (even if they all love Jesus) and there will always we some sort of conflict, chaos, or miscommunication.  Thank goodness we don’t have to be perfect, thank goodness Jesus IS perfect, and thank goodness He lives in us to help us work out all the kinks when we mess up.

The Koinonia mission: We are Christians called to live together in intentional community sharing a life of prayer, work, study, service and fellowship. We seek to embody peacemaking, sustainability, and radical sharing. While honoring people of all backgrounds and faiths, we strive to demonstrate the way of Jesus as an alternative to materialism, militarism and racism.

I am happy to say that Koinonia continues to be a place that builds up the Kingdom of God and shares the love of Christ to their neighbors.  We have a lot to learn from them and many other intentional communities around the States.

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One Response

  1. Thanks to Patsy Kee–or you–for sending reminder of when you post a new post. I’d like to hear what YOU are doing there at Koinonia–do you visit folks? Work? Help out? Stay in your RV? What do the kiddos do? Do they feed you? You feed them? Hold a Bible study? I’d like to know how your days/nights go. I’m simply nosy–and care ‘n pray very much! Any plans for the holydays season? loveyou, patti

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