I'm so excited to be in the capital of British Columbia this week with a group of 20 other awesome people from NLCC. Our high school ministry is partnering with an upcoming church plant, Beacon Communities in the coastal neighbourhood of James Bay in Victoria, BC.
So why are high school youth taking five days out of their spring break to serve a neighbourhood they've never visited?
Because we're striving to be on mission with Jesus.
Every Christian is a missionary. According to Jesus, we are sent ones, the ambassadors of the ministry of reconciliation. "Sent" implies activity, movement, engagement, going. We're called to be good news in the neighborhood. So we're going out, getting uncomfortable, entering people's lives, and embodying the good news of Jesus any way we can. It's taking the first step on a journey towards
I'm hoping this is more than just a local missions trip or week-long service project. I hope that it's a catalyst for missional living, both in Langley and James Bay. I hope young people catch the vision for the life-changing adventure of sharing the good news of Jesus. I hope an ongoing partnership develops between two churches in British Columbia.
Mostly, I hope Jesus transforms people's lives and hearts, including my own.
I hope to write a few blog posts giving updates on how our team is doing, so check back each day to catch up on what Jesus is doing in James Bay! You can subscribe to The Mayward Blog via RSS here.