Fenny is a member of our church family — from far-away The Netherlands. She has a passion and heart for ministering to girls and women trapped in human trafficking. She’ll be back in the States again before too long for a visit to our parish.
I love St Auggie’s! What I actually mean is that I love the people who make up St Auggie’s, a community made up by beautiful people.
True church is people loving God, themselves and one another. But love has to look like something. For me, a big part of that happens when people are looking after and caring about one another. That is why I love ‘Minute on Ministry’ so much. It is great to hear from church family what loving the Lord looks like in their daily lives. I find it inspiring and encouraging, showing the multiformity of Gods love. It shows how wide, long, high and deep the amazing love of God is.
My heart beats for community. Why? Because I think one of the greatest needs of us humans is the need to belong, to be fully accepted. To be loved, without strings attached. Not only by God, but by our fellow human beings. That is why God created (church) family. Love looks like something – namely a family of laid down lovers of Jesus living and doing live together and by doing so showing those around them who Jesus is.
When we feel rejected, and can’t find a place to belong, it creates all sorts of problems within and without us. I believe that part of what brings healing is not to focus on the rejection and how to overcome it, but to focus on its opposite: belonging. We need new experiences that tell us and show us the truth that we are accepted and loved for who we are, not who we or others think we should be. From a place of belonging we start to discover who we really are and what we were made for. Change and growth happens and we become who we were meant to be all along. This is so beautiful and very exciting!
My heart is to go out and show this truth to those who are despised and rejected by society and sometimes even the church. I am so grateful that I belong to the family of St Auggies. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of you and to prepare to go out from your midst with your love and support as a family to bring this love and belonging to the least of these.
Thank you, St Auggie’s, for doing community so well! I am looking forward to spend time with you all in the Fall!
Peace and joy in Him,