It has been reminisced that the church needs something today like the bus ministry of the 70s and 80s to put us into the community. Agreed that we don’t necessarily need church buses to get us there, but it was one of the more powerful tools of helping our members have an organized direction for outreach. My family benefited greatly from this particular ministry. Mary learned to be a classroom teacher by teaching on the bus. My three kids rode with their mom on the bus Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights to sit with the children. They began when they were in first, second, and third grades. Their eyes were opened to societal plight. As adults they continue to walk from what they saw as extreme need from the early bus days.
The church now has another ministry arising. It is slightly different in method; but not in heart. The difference is the people come here instead of us going there. The method is the Food Pantry. For any of our members not involved, they may not be able to imagine the great need of our community. The Food Pantry is so special we had to move to two times per week being available. The volume of demand is great…..and sad. I encourage you that of all the benefit from the tremendous work we found in the bus work may be partially matched by the tremendous need of the hungry in our communities.
I close with a question: What is it you experience in your area which is proving valuable as a well-organized method of outreach?