Being a Good Neighbour A word from Mandy Martens
In 2020 we have needed each other more than ever. We are learning what it is to be a good neighbour, to be gracious and considerate to everyone as we navigate our way through this pandemic. How do we do this? We choose LOVE. The Bible tells us that love drives out all fear. Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”…the law of LOVE. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he urges us, out of our gratitude for what Christ has done for us, to look out for one another.
The JOY in serving with City Serve has been especially sweet over the past few months. Volunteers have been coming and working in their “bubbles”, close friends, Life Groups and families serving together. It is a way that we can see one another and be in community. Time and time again I have heard the volunteers say how great it has been to be a part of what we are doing in loving our community. It has been a beautiful thing to observe. Here are a few of the ways we have been looking out for our neighbours:
Boxes of Love Zambia – Over the month of November we packed over 1800 boxes and were able to have over 80 volunteers helping within their bubbles.
Mobile Food Bank – Since September we have been collaboratively hosting a mobile food bank for families in need from our Langley School District. This has been one of my favourite parts of my week. We are able to meet and get to know so many families from our community and carry with them the burden of feeding their families during this time.
HD Stafford Lunch Program –A group of 4 of us pack and deliver 65 lunches to HDS every week
Christmas Hampers – Next week we will pack and give out over 35 hampers to families in need from our Langley schools.
In the Lord’s Prayer it says, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
This Fall we have seen God’s Kingdom come to communities as so many of you have reached out to bring LOVE, KINDNESS and JOY.
City Serve Coordinator