I shot a quick and simple video with Greg and Jules, two of our leaders of the Table community, about their upcoming Honduras mission trip. It’s a short conversation about what moved them during their last trip and what they are anticipating in the upcoming return trip. Part of their focus is learning how to organize mission experiences like these, so that we can lead our own team in future years. I hope you join me and the rest of the Table community as we keep them in our prayers next week and on.
BTW, our video session almost got interrupted, so apologies for my goofy face about halfway through. Next time, I’ll remember to put the “quiet please, video taping in progress” sign up on the conference room door.
On March 18 for lunch, the church is going to have a big bingo bash to raise money for our small team of folks who are going to Honduras this summer with the Church of the Incarnation. This effort is part of a plan that will eventually have us taking our own team to Honduras. Our folks going on this trip are continuing to learn about the process and get trained up so they can turn around and guide a trip on their own. We want to support them in this effort of partnership with the people of Honduras.
The Bingo Bash will be an opportunity to connect with other church members, have a lot of fun playing bingo, win some silly prizes, and support this important mission team as they prepare to do their work. It’s $5 for your meal (taco salad bar) and one bingo card. Additional bingo cards are available for additional donations. Oh, and if you want some delicious dessert, that’s an extra donation too! Haha! There might even be some special celebrity guests on hand.
Mark your calendars and plan on helping out!
Jules & Greg are two of our key Table community regulars, whose leadership and care and welcome of others has made a difference. This past summer, they went with a group from the Church of the Incarnation to Honduras as part of a training/preparation program to lead such trips in the future. Jules shared her experiences back in August, but she and Greg will brief our whole church on Sunday at noon. I hope you can plan on being there.
Mission has been an unofficial theme for the Table in this New Year, as we have attempted to move beyond our four walls and into our community. Tonight, a group of us will go and participate with the homeless census and count, starting at City Hall. During Christmas, the Table helped Reconciliation Ministry organize and distribute gifts to families in need. Most of our messages in this New Year have been focused on our call to serve others.
But it’s important to realize that mission is not just something that you go and do in a foreign country, one time a month for a special event, or whatever. It’s what you do each day.
Theologian David Bosch, in his book Transforming Mission, says it this way:
… consequently, the church is called to live the resurrection life in the here and now and to be a sign of contradiction against the forces of death and destruction.
Your job setting is a place to do mission. Your apartment complex. Your home. Your neighborhood. Your gym. Your local pub. Your supermarket. Wherever your day takes you, you will have opportunity to participate in Jesus’ ministry of incarnation in someone else – being God’s love for a stranger, friend, or enemy. Sometimes, that’s handing a thirsty person a drink of water or buying a burger for a hungry neighbor. Sometimes, it’s your presence in a time of need. It might even be words of affirmation to someone who feels beat down by life. It definitely includes using your voice to change systems that are broken in our own community.
Have you discovered your place of mission? Are you opening up to sharing God’s love with those you meet? May this New Year be a time to discover the answers to those questions and hear God’s call afresh.
Meet Greg Byrne and Jules Martinez.
Both have been a part of the East Dallas Christian Church and the Table for a while. Greg makes the great coffee we enjoy on Sunday mornings. Jules has and continues to serve on several committees in the life of the church, doing great planning and support for our ministry together.
Greg and Jules just got back from Honduras on a learning/mission trip with Church of the Incarnation, our neighbors across 75. Their plan is to lead us in our own trip to share in ministry with the good people of Honduras. In fact, this Sunday, Jules will be sharing her experience as our message in the Table. It’s going to be cool.
Are you interested in mission? Would a trip to Honduras excite you? Come find out more this Sunday, 9:30 am.