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Showing posts from December 19, 2010

Brothers in Christ

About two years ago I met Pastor Smith and his wife at a church garage sale. He had just begun as the pastor of a new work, and they were there to gather as many items as possible to begin the work. We talked and shared our stories and promised to stay in touch.

About a year later, I finally got down to see his ministry through the Peace of God Missionary Baptist Church in the Joppa Community, southeast of Dallas. The community was founded in the mid-1800's and has been a home for thousands since then.

The church gathers in a rectangular building that was built in 1940. Pastor Smith and his family had repaired and updated the building, which had not been used for some time, by investing their own money, time, and talents. I was honored to share his vision for his work and the potential the Gospel had in the community. (There literally is a church on almost every corner. Something I can relate to in my community, but with a few more potential participants where I serve.)

Later I br…