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Activating the Church and Community by ReImagine
What would it look like if your community came together to respond, first hand, to meet the needs of those who make up your community? Can you imagine what this would look like? Working in the education industry herself, she saw firsthand the limitations of being able to impact her own students, beyond the classroom. In her own words, Linda shares the journey of what took place. In a dialogue with her husband, with a pen and a napkin, they began to envision what is now known as ReImagine, a ministry with a goal to “ReImagine” their own communities. They are doing just that!
Their most recent event was ReImagine Brownsville. Over 250 volunteers from around the community responded along with many brothers and sisters from the church in the surrounding areas. Pastor Evan Horton of Brownsville Assembly of God shared, “The only thing that is going to make a difference is that we help each other. The important thing is that we unite together. A person by themself will fall, but they won’t if they join hands with someone else.” Not only is an event like this impacting individual lives, as well as families, but it is impacting the entire community.
Regardless of where, it is all about how we are treating those that God has placed next to us. Not only was The Church present to serve and help, but also servant leaders from the community were in attendance. Escambia County Sheriff Deputy, Courtney Clanton, shares profound words about this importance. “One of the most important things, I think, in America, is building relationship. We have to have relationship which is the foundation of everything. It keeps us connected as a family and as a community…”
Superintendent of Escambia County Schools, Malcolm Thomas, also took part in serving and providing to those he was able to encounter. While serving and helping the Lord spoke to him and his dialogue reminds us of the challenging truth,“Today we’re here at ReImagine Brownsville, and we’re giving away 10’s of 1000’s of pounds of food, where will they get their food next Saturday when we’re not on this property?” Thomas continues to challenge all of us to take the words of Jesus seriously and be the hands and feet of our faith by stating, “C’mon Church, God did not call us to build a steeple on a big budget, He called us to minister to the lost so that they could have life and have it more abundantly… What are you doing to help the needy and the oppressed in our community?”
We live in such a blessed land, if we are not careful, we can overlook the overwhelming need in our own communities. It may be hard to consider that such a need is present. By seeing these very realities and the many faces of the volunteers, those who responded in order for their needs to be met, the testimonies, and the many more stories, it causes you to begin to ReImagine what your community could look like when the Church comes together.
If these realities were not powerful enough, hear the mighty story of ‘Eternal MC’ who once lived a life of crime is now sharing the love of Jesus Christ on the very plot of land that he was arrested on, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: needy, homeless, vision, obedience, humility, vision, 7 mountains, education, families, salvation, testimony, music, and unity. Greg, John, and Linda shared in this segment.
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