Carriers of Hope

What a challenging week we have had, but by God’s grace we have been able to get through Hurricane Florence. As we continue to remember those in prayer who have been affected by the storm this past week, I wanted to encourage us all with a passage of scripture from our 40 day Bible reading plan.

This Monday’s reading started in Mark 6. It was verses 34-37 that leapt off of the pages to me when reading it. Check this out! When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered, “You give them something to eat.”

The miracle that follows this passage tells of how Jesus fed 5000 people, which is an incredible miracle in itself, but the compassion that Jesus had for the multitudes spoke to me the most. Jesus not only pastored His disciples but assumed responsibility to care for and pastor the communities in which He entered. Whether it was feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, or proclaiming the Good News, Jesus displayed a lifestyle of care and compassion for people who were hurting.

This past Monday, Samaritan’s Purse sent approximately 1000 volunteers which included a few newhopers to begin the process of mudding out damaged homes affected by the storm. Our HOPE Missions team will be creating ongoing initiatives as well as continuing the partnership with Samaritan’s Purse to demonstrate the love of Christ by providing relief to those in need.

As I think about the heart of newhope to serve our communities and to show compassion to those in need, I can’t help but think of how pleased our Lord must be. If you want to join the hundreds of volunteers in bright orange t-shirts, go HERE and sign up to volunteer.

Finally, join us this weekend at any of our campus locations as we continue our God Speaks series. In fact, invite a neighbor or friend with you! See you Sunday.

Keith Barreto
Wake Forest Campus Pastor


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