Sunday, November 16, 2008

Africa in Bellingham

It has been really cool to be home during the month of November in Bellingham. Our church, Northlake Community Church, has been doing what we call "The Micah Project." In order to help reach both the community we live in as well as the world we need to love, we have embarked on an adventure as a church body.



This Micah project consists of four things:



We are having a three week food drive to stock our food pantry for about needy families in our community.



We are raising money for caregiver kits through Worldvision to send to Zambia. They are small kits that help trained caregivers the medicine and the training to hep those suffering with HIV/AIDS in various villages.



We are doing a sustenence diet for a week, which consists of rice, beans, an apple and some oatmeal, to better empathize with the hungry and option-less in the majority third world.



And, we are doing a World Vision Experience tour at Western Washington University where you walk through a life of a young child in an African village.



It has been a joy to be a part of helping plan it and think through the different scenarios because of our experiences in Africa. I had a chance to preach today as well. You can hear it online at northlakeonline.org sometime later this week.



I am encouraged by our church and its hunger to love not just with words, but with action and in truth, to love orphan and the widow, and to open their heart to the heart ache that awaits them.

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