There are few things in this world that God has created that are more important to our survival, well-being, and enjoyment than our family. The church was created to be a spiritual family. Now that we’ve been back for a few weeks, our focus with the house church has been to develop a greater sense of family and community within our group.
A couple weeks ago I decided to create a private Facebook page for our little church. Everyone has been invited and most everyone has been able to get online to check it out. I’ve been able to share some thoughts and biblical exhortations to everyone and make sure that those who missed a Sunday service are caught up on the content of what they missed. This simple thing has helped us in several ways, including a place to share photos and communicate freely.
Developing community among those with very little time is not as easy as it sounds. The work week in Mexico is 6 days rather than 5 and 12+ hour work days are common. Add to the mix one family with the husband unemployed and looking for work (they resorted to selling cupcakes in the market during this past weekend so didn’t come to church service), and two husbands that had to work this past Sunday, and the one other family with illness and moving into a larger apartment and only having Sunday to do that, we ended up cancelling the service yesterday and just spending some time with one of the families that we hadn’t seen for a couple weeks.
Not much about this church planting ministry that might look traditional, but building up community and strengthening our ties as family in Christ is something we’re really working on. Two Sundays ago I began teaching on the topic of the church. I had planned on starting with a brief reading of Acts 1 and 2 as a starter and then moving into some key passages on the church. Well, once I discovered that of the 6 adults we had that day, none of them had ever read Acts yet, we ended up spending over an hour on these two chapters! So, I guess we’ll be working through Acts and THEN getting to all those verses regarding the church. There so much to cover and so little time to cover it!
A visiting photographer took these pics with members from one of our church families and me a couple weeks ago: