SecondCity Update (July 7, 2017)

As I’ve written about over the past couple of weekends, we have some really exciting things going on regarding the launch of SecondCity.

David and Amy Cato picnic

One of the things we would like to see happen as part of the Second City faith initiative is a greater involvement in local, regional, and world missions.  In June our SRC was encouraged by the visit of David and Amy Cato.  They are missionaries to Brasov, Romania and we would love to grow our partnership with them in the future.

Stay tuned for details about a short-term mission trip to Brasov, Romania next summer.  (Pictured are David and Amy with some of the SRC staff and members of previous mission trip teams to Romania.)

Feel free to keep up with additional updates here, or at SecondCity.One.

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Compassion Sunday (2014)

This morning I took a brief opportunity to listen to one of my favorite songs. I’m not going to say what it is, as there are – how do I put this – some non-Christian lyrics placed throughout this particular song.  Nevertheless, it has some redeeming qualities as well.  For example, the chorus of this track gets me every time. It causes me to hesitate. Think. Meditate. Remember.

What is it that’s being communicated?

“…and at once I knew I was not significant.”

Take just a second to read through that line again. Slowly.

“…and at once I knew I was not significant.”

The songwriter sings this noteworthy line perhaps a dozen times. And I love it.

It makes me remember the grandness of God’s creation. The greatness of His love. The immensity of who He is compared to me.

“…and at once I knew I was not significant.”

Strong words. Indeed.

But there’s something dangerous about this idea of insignificance as well. Sure, we can remember that we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. We can remember that our sins have wronged Him in ways that we can’t even imagine. We can remember that He is God and we are not.

But we must also remember that in His eyes, we are not insignificant. We must remember He bled…for us. We must remember He gave His everything…for us. We must remember we have been created in His image. All of us. Are these indications that God sees us as insignificant?  I don’t think so.

How does this tie in with Compassion Sunday?  Good question.

I’m wondering how many young children around the world may be feeling insignificant. They’re hungry. Thirsty. And making ends meet means they’re able to sleep on a dirt floor.  In short, they’re living in situations you and I cannot possibly fathom. Are they insignificant? Certainly not. Forgotten by much of the world, perhaps. But certainly not insignificant.

Here’s a picture of a Compassion Happiness Ngilegoi Laizerchild my family and I recently took the opportunity to sponsor. Her name is Happiness. Isn’t that wonderful?  She’s 6 years old, and according to Compassion, she sometimes works in the Marketplace or provides child care to help make ends meet. And despite her poverty, she’s anything but insignificant.

This Sunday is Compassion Sunday at SRC. In fact, for the first time ever we’re having a representative from Compassion speak on behalf of their organization. She, too was once a sponsored child and she’s looking forward to sharing her story.

And now, you have an opportunity to begin praying and thinking about the difference you can make in the life of a child. You have an opportunity to provide education, medical care, and so much more. You have an opportunity to sponsor a child.

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