This is What it Looks Like | Mission Trip Birdsboro 2020
For the past few years, several churches in Birdsboro have spent the summer months preparing for and going out to serve the community in a tangible way called Mission Trip Birdsboro. When one thinks of an evangelistic mission trip it’s usually a picture of a small group of Christians getting on an airplane, flying to a third world country, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus with the people there through serving and preaching. While those kinds of mission trips are awesome and can be incredibly effective, many churches in the Birdsboro community have recognized the beauty of the opportunity to serve the hearts and lives of our neighbors here in our own town.
This year, however, was particularly different for Mission Trip Birdsboro with the curveball that the COVID-19 pandemic threw everyone’s way. With the uncertainty of actually being able to do the mission trip this year, the Lord still gave them an opportunity to pour out love to the community. Dozens of willing hearts signed up to serve and did so the first week of August with love, compassion, and generosity for our friends that live right next door or just down the road.
The crew, which consisted of all walks of life from kids to adults, were sent out to the homes of residents, also of all walks of life with some level of need within a 15-minute radius of Birdsboro. Whether the sun was blazing and the temperature was almost 100 degrees, or the rain was pouring down, these volunteers served with all of their hearts to make the homes they visited better than when they got there. All while wearing masks, social distancing, and following safe guidelines and practices to ensure the health and safety of the volunteers and residents alike. This is a prime example of what it looks like when God calls you to do something and you let nothing stop you.
But it’s not just about the work that was accomplished and it’s not just about showing the community that there are still good people in the world. The heart behind Mission Trip Birdsboro is to communicate that there is a God who is alive and is full of love for all His creation. But not only do they communicate that love, they express it in visible and tangible ways. You may have heard it said, “the church is called to be the hands and feet of Jesus” and this is what it looks like. Jesus no longer physically walks this earth performing miracles himself, but His Holy Spirit lives and dwells inside of all of His followers and calls us to show God’s love to anyone who crosses our paths. Jesus has given us the ability to do His work through the power of His very spirit
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
So, while we celebrate the Lord for sending the laborers into the harvest field, we also should pray that the seeds that were planted in hearts and lives that week will land on good soil and grow into a beautiful harvest. There is still so much work to be done for the Kingdom of God and it is all for His Glory.
John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Thank you to those who heard and responded to God’s call last week. I pray God blesses you and continues to use you in great and mighty ways!
You can find more information about Mission Trip Birdsboro by visiting their Facebook page!