Reflections of a Rookie

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It has now been three months since I joined the team down in The Well as the Justice and Mission Intern.  For all intents and purposes, I am the rookie.  For the past several weeks, I have been learning the ropes of how the typical Sunday works, meeting volunteers, and building friendships with the regular attenders.  On numerous occasions, I have been struck by the clarity with which the gospel’s ramifications in the world have been illustrated.

The gospel has the power to break down barriers.  In fact, it is the most powerful unifying force in human history.  When I take a step back from my tasks and responsibilities in The Well, I never fail to notice this power being manifested before my eyes.  To witness people from every possible socioeconomic status sitting around a table, sharing a meal together, is to witness a tangible advancement of God’s redemptive movement within humanity.  To strike up a conversation with a person experiencing homelessness and to find myself challenged in my faith demonstrates the inherent value and potential of every human being.  As my involvement in The Well increases, I look forward to more experiences like these.

Not only am I constantly amazed by the weekly operations of The Well, the people working behind the scenes never fail to astound me.  Every week, I watch people give up their Sunday afternoon to serve food, strike up conversation, meet medical needs, pray together, and intentionally build relationships with those who need it.  I used to think of such individuals as profoundly self-sacrificing, but I have since learned better.  I know that any personal investment it takes to serve those less fortunate is more than returned in the sweetness of sharing one’s life with the poor.  Since this realization, I have come to regard the volunteers in The Well as role models who have their priorities straight.  I look forward to becoming more like these people.

Finally, I have been amazed by the opportunities presented by The Well for connectedness beyond the congregation of Wellspring.  We recently had our food bank replenished by a food drive at a local elementary school.  I remember being overwhelmed by the generosity of the students and their families.  It demonstrated to me the ability of this type of work to bring out the good in all people.  And doing this work in the name of Jesus is a fantastic way to share his love with the surrounding world.  I look forward to seeing more of this collaboration.

If you’re reading this and haven’t had a chance to be involved in The Well, I hope you’ll take some time this holiday season to join us for a meal.  I can guarantee you’ll witness the profound unification of people, meet incredible volunteers, and leave with some stories to share with the broader community.  I look forward to hearing some of them.

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