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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life lesson #6 on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Where’s the church?  The driver pulled under a large tree to protect us from the rain and then he opened the car door.  Slowly and hesitantly, we began to exit the car.  Looking around, I began to wonder where is the church?  At that time, the only building we could see from the road was a small dwelling on the hillside that appeared to be someone’s home.  On the side of the house, people had gathered to have a cup of coffee under a protected space provided by a portion of the roof from the house.  Could this be the church?  If it was, how will they be able to accommodate all of the people they were expecting?

Walking in a row like little ducks following their mother, we started to climb the hill.  Stopping momentarily, we greeted those that had gathered under the roof; and then, with the wet and soggy ground under our feet, we began zigging and zagging our way up the hill.  

With nothing but the rain and the vegetation on the hillside in view, I began to wonder again - “Where is the church?”

And then, just like it popped out of the hill, there it was.  A concrete building with a breathtaking view.  A simple, yet functional building where people gathered week after week. As we entered the opening to the building, people greeted each other and shared stories about their lives.  Throughout the day, we heard messages from the scriptures, entered into discussion around godly principles, sang songs and prayed.  People laughed and cried.  We ate together and then said our goodbyes. We had a full day at church?  Or so, we would say.

Where is the church?  The reality of it is, I was with the church from the moment I got out of the car with those four ladies. We, together represented the church.  We passed the church gathered under the porch on the hillside sipping coffee.  We were the church inside of the building sharing our lives, singing and praying together.  And, I am the church today, just like I was that day in Honduras.

What is your perception of the church?

If we are the church, how functional are we? 

How well are you representing the church?

What would you like to do today to be the church?

Ephesians 3:19-21, “And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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