Over the past 6 years being in missions and service, I've had the privilege of traveling and experiencing many new places, cultures and people - all along absorbing as much as I could, serving in tangible ways, and intentionally seeking to share the message of Jesus Christ in an as real and approachable way as I could. I have had some of the most intimate moments with complete strangers in the most unexpected of places and what I continue to come across is a deep desire to be seen and to be known. To connect on a deeper level. To be heard and loved. To find purpose in existence and to find hope beyond understanding. These are what I believe to be the root of our needs. Yes, we must to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless. But we first and foremost need to welcome, love and care in a way that can only come from God.
CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY.
"I am air."
Lacking of a feeling of belonging.
Longing to be seen, heard, understood and accepted. (Sometimes at any cost.)
Encouragement and purpose.
"I'm scared if I try I will fail."
Desire for meaningfulness in life and work.
Deep need for encouragement and someone to come alongside them.
faith and congruency.
"God isn't really relevant anymore."
Hurt from their past experiences with the church.
Anger, confusion and/or frustration with Christians and with God.