Post Urban Hands Entry

this is really late, but hey i finally had some time to put my thoughts together.

i didn’t want to have just another missions experience recollection about the things we did and blah blah but to place the attention on and to remind us of what god’s trying to do…  bear with me and hear me out…

first and foremost the trip was refreshing

God took me back to the place where he first showed me what it meant to serve his people, and reminded me that Jesus’s message is the same as it was 2000 years ago… to love god and to love man… to look after the hungry and poor…

I felt God slowly work in me… i felt like over this past year, partly due to some broken relationships i’ve had,  i had grown so cold towards loving other people…  but god really moved this mountain within my heart, and allowed me to lead my team in doing various service projects…

we did a bunch of different service projects, but probably the one that i was most blessed with was the one at Washington Parks and People.

WP&P seeks out to restore/preserve parks in the DC area… through WPP we had the chance to help clean out and weed Marvin Gaye Park…

Marvin Gaye Park wasn’t just an ordinary park though…  well first of all, this park  the place where Marvin Gaye first started off his music caree… but more importantly, the park used to be an entrenched heroine market… kids and teenagers in the area would grow up to violence, robbery, drugs, and crime… there would be needles laying aorund all over the place, and as one person described, it was pretty much a “McDonalds drive-thru for heroine.”

and this is what happened over 15 years:

“Where there once had been an entrenched heroin market, there is now a community farmers’ market. Where young people once passed the time stealing cars, you’ve created outdoor classrooms and two miles of breathtaking trail. In a place once strewn with trash, you planted over 2000 trees and plants. Where people once felt insecure and unsafe, they now feel a sense of community and of peace”

i dont know about you guys, but for me, it was so encouraging to hear and be part of a community practically being resurrected to life from the dead.

and I think that’s what happens when people come together and realize what Jesus’ message was about.  even the hardest of hearts change.  communities come to life.  mountains move.  nations tremble.  God’s restoration plan doesn’t stop within each of us, but this gospel is for all creation… the church is put in this world for a reason. the church shouldn’t exist for itself. our fellowships in our schools for a reason.  we are to be salt and light to this world.

while we were worshipping at the church, we sang and we prayed for god to move mountains… and the best thing was that we were able to see that right before our eyes and experience god work through us to move mountains…

(from pabe) Mark 1:14-18, Matthew 28:16-20.  these are the passages at the beginning and the end of Jesus’ ministry.  his message is the same.  and is still the same today as it was 2000 years ago.  and it is simple.  follow me, and i will make you fishers of man.

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