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2nd Mile for Mission - Then and Now: God at Work - Day 2 - Neighborhood Action

2nd Mile for Mission
Then and Now: God at Work - Prayer Journal 2017
Day 2 - Neighborhood Action
Dottie Akin, Tom Duane, and Alan Van Dyke, RPC Champions

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." - Mark 12:30-31 (NRSV)

In 2013 RPC's Mission Outreach Council began a new initiative which came to be known as Neighborhood Action Ministry (NAM) and resulted in partnerships with three local communities: Aspen Pointe, Grove Way, and Oaks at Holcomb Bridge. The mission was to build trusting relationships within the communities while being an advocate for equality and education. The vision entailed empowering all to recognize and use their gifts to glorify God. RPC hired Dr. Clara Herrera to lead this effort, and she quickly established herself as a talented and energetic force in our NAM efforts.

Getting to know the folks living in these communities has shown us that they are not very different from us at all. People who are "not yet documented" and part of a culture that is often segmented from our society are trying hard to make a better life for their families. Sometimes, the kids goof around, pick on each other, and like to laugh, but isn't that just like our kids? They may have a different skin color, or speak a different language, but building relationships has brought new levels of understanding for us all.

Trust has been built through efforts with the students in the communities, providing homework assistance, tutoring support, and character development. Because of the involvement of parents and other neighborhood leaders, summer activities, English classes, college prep field trips, chess clubs, and participation in RPC youth activities have expanded the outreach.

Just last year, a group of residents at Grove Way expressed interest in forming a fellowship to address the needs and interests of the more senior members of that community. This effort blossomed in December when a few of the residents attended and felt welcomed at the annual Wit & Wisdom Christmas Luncheon. Now 15 or more senior residents and several RPC members continue to meet once a month for food, fun, and fellowship.

We have some amazing RPC folks involved who are living out Jesus' command to love our neighbors and doing nothing short of participating in God's miraculous work of changing people's lives. Wow, think about that! We all want to have an impact in this world. Does it get any better than that?

Lord, we thank You for the opportunities You provide us to seek out those who are our neighbors. Give us wisdom and guidance as we walk alongside them. Do not let us be discouraged, but rather learn to rely on You to supply our needs, knowing only You can bring good out of every situation. Amen.

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