Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What I got to do for Valentine's Day...

Today was Valentine's Day and I got to be a part of two really great expressions of God's love going out from Newbreak Church. Here are some of the things I loved.

This afternoon, the Scripps Mesa campus of Newbreak was up at Hage elementary school doing a Valentine's outreach for the teachers and kids. I love it that our campus meets at a school on the weekends. I also love the awesome missional space God has placed us in all during the week. I love it that our campus gave a carnation to every teacher and kid at Hage today. I loved it when we walked into each classroom and all the kids and teachers knew that Newbreak Church was there! I love it when the teachers introduce me to the kids as "Pastor Darrel". I loved it when the 1st grade class sang me a Valentine's song. I loved it when one kid asked where the flowers came from and another one yelled out...NEWBREAK CHURCH! I loved that we got to invite the kids and their parents to two more upcoming outreaches. I love it that families from Hage are now a part of our church!

Right before Jesus died for all of us, he told his disciples this. He said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)

I love being part of a church that loves each other, our city, and our world!

The other highlight of today was knowing that on Valentine's day, our church was writing a check to an incredible organization called Project Rescue. They rescue girls in India from the sex trafficking trade. I can't think of a more awesome Valentine's gift than to show these girls God's amazing love by literally rescuing them from the abusive life they are currently living in. Dozens of girls will have their lives and their dignity given back to them. Their current nightmares will be turned into bright futures as God's children! That is awesome!

So tomorrow when people ask me, "What did you do for Valentine's day?"...I'm going to tell them that me and the rest of our awesome church got to radically love a bunch of people in Jesus' name! We loved the kids and teachers at Hage, and we got to rescue dozens of girls from the sex traffic trade in India!

Come have some fun loving our city and the world with us! www.newbreak.org

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