here to serve.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom to many." – Mark 10:45
During a time of prayer before arriving to Nanaimo, God called us to serve alongside ministries and churches in the city and strengthen what God has already started here. As we stepped out to obey, we found favour with different ministries and willingness to partner together throughout the city. As we stepped out, God used this to reveal our place within the broader body of Christ and align us with His heart beat for community in Nanaimo. As the pandemic started shutting down a lot of operations, we sought after the Lord asking how He wanted to refine the identity and culture of our ministry in this time. A simple scripture popped into mind during prayer from Mark 10:45:
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve..."
This aligned significantly within our team. We were to apply it into our weekly rhythm of walking out Kingdom culture. We have a fresh emphasis on our calling to serve. That's where the word Diakoneo comes in. It's the Greek word that Jesus used to describe his ministry. Out of this we began to individually ask ourselves: what's my Diakoneo to Nanaimo?
WALKING IT OUT
Every person on our team has found an answer to that question. All staff that join us will ask this same question. Individuals in our training programs will get to participate alongside us. As part of our weekly schedule, each of us have the honour to serve in different ministries around the city. We believe that as we serve our city the Kingdom of God can be revealed.
The Diakoneo of our team looks like participating in poverty relief work, handing out meals to the homeless, sorting and distributing food to vulnerable families, after school children's programs in low income communities, youth groups, street evangelism, mentorship, Bible study groups, prayer walking, and sharing in school chapels.