God’s Vision for Community

Mar 10, 2016  |     |   General

Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another.  –Romans 12:9-16a

     At Open Door Mission, we are BLESSED to all be followers of Jesus!  To me, this verse encapsulates all that we are able to do as staff at the Mission.

     We are able to share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  We are able to encourage and honor one another.  We are able to work with zeal towards being the best follower of Jesus and the best worker we can be.  We are able to devote our lives to prayer, assuring that God reigns in this place.  We are able to love sincerely.  We are able to practice joy in hope and patience in affliction.
     Know that these verses are my heart for all connected with Open Door Mission–staff, volunteers, donors, guests, and friends.  God has brought us all together as one community, and this is His vision for what community is to look like.  Please join me in praying this over Open Door Mission.

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director