It is exciting when churches are willing to come alongside other churches and help when the need arises. That is what makes being a follower of Jesus and a part of a church such an awesome thing. That is what makes us who we are, “churches associating together to help one another in the name and power of Jesus.” You see, I think we need more of that and that is exactly what I have seen lately. Let me share with you a couple of experiences that I have witnessed recently.
In October, I was able to be a part of a mission trip with a group of church members coming from across the country to help one of our pastors get his house enclosed for the winter. He and his family were living in a travel trailer and using an outhouse since they had not been able to complete the sewer system. With the cold of winter setting in, it was essential to get them into the basement and enclose it for the winter. It was an exciting day to see the smiles and service of these fine folks as they committed to helping another church with needs. More…
Just the other day, I met with three discouraged leaders of a church that had recently lost their pastor. A week later, after checking with another one of our churches and asking if they could come alongside and help, we met with their members. They were excited to find out that we as a group of churches here in Montana, called Southern Baptists, were willing to help them in their time of need. The church has offered to help assist them with some young interns to fill their pulpit on Sundays and to help do some much needed work on their building to keep the cold out this winter.
I can tell you a number of these stories as I travel across our vast state and see churches helping churches and what a joy it is to see. So, let me ask you, are you in any way helping another church in your area that has a need, a problem or is struggling to reach its community? None of these churches were large churches. They are just churches helping others in need. You could be one of them. If you would like some information on how you could help another church in your area, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you connected.