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Clark & Lana - Season 5
L.A. Teen Festival: The Magazine (2011)
What a week in the North Shore area of Boston. The Boston trip is so unique because we are reaching out to a group of people who (in theory) have everything they need. They are smart and proud, and rightfully so! The Boston area is amazing. This trip is so different than meeting physical needs, passing out food and clothes and laying out the gospel to people who are empty and hungry in every possible way.
This trip challenges me so much because the experience here equips me to be mindful of the city around me, and the opportunities around me to serve, show the love of Christ, and see others the way Jesus sees them. Christians should be the most humble, approachable, hospitable people. We do small talk. We do vulnerable. We do life outside our comfort zone. We do love and compassion and declaring the Truth and the Word (Jesus=way, truth, life - John 14:6), and the rest is in his hands.
We also make the trip to love on the brothers and sisters who serve the North Shore area by living and working in it. Pictured is Dan and Tara Byrd’s house. They opened their home to us and treated us like family. They are the ones in this mission field all the time, along with our other hosts, Jeremy and Emily, who have been called to church plant in my fav place - Salem, and the other staff and volunteers of Netcast Church. (Top right pic is Travis and Maggie leading worship at Netcast. Bottom right is a bookstore in my fav - Salem)
One of my fav verses is Acts 17:27: “He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” God is so near and so ready to restore people to himself through Jesus, his son. It might be a simple conversation that turns someone toward “reaching out” for God.
I’m returning with wide open eyes, a renewed sense of awareness, and the need to be intentional in my conversations. I have also been reminded that, while serving those in need, like the Northeast Arc residents (our team with those residents is the big picture), it is so important to engage and reach out to the workers and volunteers there who can more easily understand the gospel. Volunteering goes beyond charity and service. It’s an opportunity to make real connections to Christ.
The trip is a blast (note the row of us at a Celtics game), and doing missions in a nice area of the USA is not the same as sweating in Haiti, for sure. The challenges are far less physical (despite some frigid winds on the Harvard campus!) and far more mental and emotional. Jesus was so bold yet so compassionate. He’s obviously the ultimate example, and, as someone who is anti-small talk, pretense, agenda, etc., this trip pushes me in my weakest areas. I can go sweat it out no problem, but this is a mental and spiritual challenge that gets me off my lazy backside and equips me to take this mentality back to Fort Myers.
The bottom, middle pic is in Boston, at the Boston Marathon finish line/near the bombing site. After that incident, Bostonians were and are “Boston Strong”, which is so cool…and exactly the self-sufficiency and pride to which I earlier referred. I was humbled and convicted about my own self-sufficiency. It’s a struggle for me, thinking I’m a “good enough” mom, friend, wife, teacher, Christian, when, as Pastor Matt Chewning preached, In HIM is where I find my identity and worth, and the whole point of existence.
I desire to cultivate this mindfulness of everything being in him, about him, all the time - at home, with my students, on the stage with mic in hand, in Boston, in Fort Myers, at McGregor.
Jesus is the best. For real. Mind blown, life changed. I’ll be back - I love this place.
Captain Charming Hood - The New Angels
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This vid is Sean Maguire’s tweet fault:
I had to do it :P Not sorry! Inspired on the original show’s opening credits.
still can’t believe on the number of notes this vid got and that Sean Maguire RT a tweet with it and even replied it. lol
└► Beauty and The Beast: VinCat gifset per episode - S01E04 (Basic instinct)
My fav ep