Twice each year, Central goes out into our community as a congregation to serve. We call these days, “Beyond Our Walls.” Why should we participate in Beyond Our Walls? I’ve been involved with the Saturday Beyond Our Walls days for years, and I’m always amazed at how God always places us just where He wants us! In the most recent BOW day, there were so many choices of where we could serve: neighborhood outreaches, Cobblestone Farm, projects at our home church, and cleaning yards to name a few. I decided to go with my daughter to a neighborhood close to Asbell Elementary to meet the people in the neighborhood, have a cookout, play games and do crafts.
When we got to the neighborhood, I was put in charge of the craft table where we made small canvas paintings with the imprint of a cross. Soon, a lot of moms from the neighborhood were drawn to the table to paint. It was such a special time of sharing our lives as we worked on our paintings. I heard the struggles and challenges that some of these families are dealing with on a daily basis. It showed me how I can be praying for these families. What surprised me the most was that I knew a lot of these families through my position in the Fayetteville Public Schools.
After some time painting, one mom looked up from her canvas, and as she did, a look of puzzled surprise and recognition came over her. She realized she knew me from school.
“What brings you out here?” she asked. A very simple answer came to mind as I smiled and said, “Well, this is my church!”
I remembered once again that church is not contained by a building, but should be a living and vibrant witness, and a light in the community in which we live. The church needs to be intentional in going to the people, and to be the presence of Christ to those around us. There is such power in presence! And as we do so, God gives us the power to be a witness for Him as we GO BEYOND OUR WALLS!
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)