My sons and I have just come back from a week long break down in Yarra Junction Victoria. We camped at Glenrowan on the way down and stopped for the night at a motel at Gundagai on the way home.
The purpose of the break was 3 fold. A bonding road trip session with my sons who are now 11 and 14. And the other two reasons were to do with our UNOH 4 day retreat where I was able to consolidate and build new friendships and to fellowship with our fellow urban missionaries from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. It was an amazing time of hearing stories of working with urban poor. Many stories of heartbreak and pain. Stories of hope and healing. Stories of God’s love in action.
I have to say that at this point in time, I am ruined for the lifestyle of traditional church. Our modern churches are too safe. They are too “ME” centered. While its true, most churches proclaim Christ and him crucified – it seems to me that most neglect the important part of living out Christ and him resurrected within the midst of our communities. There is little sense of the importance of mission in the midst of our community. There is little sense of the importance of those who we walk on by.
I ask you. Do you know your neighbors? Do you pray for your neighbors? Do you know their struggles, cares and concerns?