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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Laura Hoy


You and I have a similar job description, and I wrestle so much in the same manner. In fact, Orchard Hill Church volunteers were helping a Walnut neighbor shingle his mom's house in the Walnut Neighborhood the other day, and our college ministry leader took some pictures of some students on the roof. I knew that the pics would likely go on the college ministry website as an example of how we reach out and serve in our community. I began to think, "Wouldn't it be so nice to get to the point of relationship and community, that the pictures we take are not for our church's "outreach" photo collection, but rather just friends taking pictures of friends as we do things together." In the midst of my frustration or wrestling, I do have to remember that my own journey began with those "first serves" and volunteer efforts and still has such a long way to go.

Thanks for all you're doing by example, Kirsten. Just keep casting the vision of the beloved community and sharing how God is transforming your mind, heart, life!!

You serve as an inspiration to me,
Laura Hoy

anita lewis

Aurora is an amazing place. You are right about it being a community. My family has stayed here because I always felt that race or income did not matter here and my daughters education was enriched by fact that she was exposed to and had friends from may different backgrounds and family situations.
As a volunteer I find it hard not to get personally involved but for some people their gifts lie in other areas. Some volunteers work behind the scenes which is also needed, not everyone develops close relationships. God can use anybody, at any level. I feel it is our job to put forth the needs and for God to lead people where they best fit.

PS- You are awesome and your family has made such a difference. I am proud to call you a friend.

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