How CARE for AIDS Has Changed How I Think About Ministry

April 4, 2013

For the next two weeks some of our CARE for AIDS staff members will share how the work they’ve been doing with CARE for AIDS has caused them to see ministry in a new light. I hope you’ll join us in sharing the experiences we’ve learned from and how God has impacted our lives and they way we think about ministry as a whole.

As still new on the team, I feel as though I am constantly being challenged by the work we do, partly because in the past I have done such direct ministry. I’m a very relational person and have always been a part of work where I get to use my hands and heart actively. I daily have gotten to touch, taste, see, and smell where God has called me to serve.

One way I believe God is calling me to grow is to rejoice with others when they rejoice, and mourn when they mourn. In the past, to me ministry has been physically sitting down over a meal or a coffee and listening and praying. It’s been getting my hands dirty. But, how do we have relationship with the families we serve when they are halfway around the world?

I think the answer is prayer and community. The CARE for AIDS model is rooted in belief that the Kenyan community is strong and vibrant. When we support the local church, we support the integrity of their leaders and a faith that they will care for each other. In Philippians 2, Paul says, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”

I get to rejoice when they rejoice even though I’ve never met most of them because we are of one body and mind. Our lives are connected through touches across the globe. Today, my faithfulness is here in Atlanta, working at a coffee shop. My love is my faithfulness in writing to you all, planning events, and keeping things running smoothly. My ministry is prayer flowing out of my fingers to the documents and decisions on this laptop computer. I’m serving where I am and trusting God to work in my life and in the lives of people in Kenya.

Where has God asked you to serve?