A few years ago, the deacons of OMPC, read Tim Keller’s book, Generous Justice, which highlights the message of Isaiah 61: Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, comfort those who mourn, and care for the needs of others. They were compelled to do the same and decided to take leadership in showing Jesus’ love to others. Over time, God led the deacons to focus on three areas: relief, rehabilitation, and development. Relief and Rehabilitation focus on a number of issues such as meeting physical needs, bringing relational healing, and assisting people through difficult financial or emotional seasons. Much of OMPC's time and energy, however, go into development, which requires more structure and involves long-term commitment. Jobs4Life is an example of how OMPC is accomplishing this.
Practically speaking, though, whom does the mercy team help and how do they help them?
Who the Mercy Team helps:
The Mercy Team helps both church members and people in the community.
How the funding works:
Funding for mercy needs that arise come from OMPC's monthly communion offering each month as well the Christmas Eve Services "No Room At The Inn" offerings.
The deacons have been humbled and motivated to find God working in them as they have sought to be extensions of the love of Christ in others. Similarly, the body at OMPC can experience the same realities as we give generously so that the widow, the orphan and the disenfranchised can experience the transforming power of Christ.
Click here for a list of some of OMPC's Mercy Ministries.
Posted: 1.18.2014 in Mercy Share: