The times I grew most excited about serving with ACMNP were the worship services. I focused my sermons on passages that spoke about God working to make something beautiful from the ashes and dust. This always involved me sharing about the brokenness of my own story.
During those times of vulnerability, as difficult as they were for me, I experienced the beauty of broken community in the body of Christ.
Many times another person in attendance at the service would begin to cry during the sermon. Afterwards, that individual would come up to me and tell me a bit of their own story and their need for the reminder of hope found in the sermon. Those interactions were encouraging for both parties and part of what I believe to be a significant role of the Church: encouraging one another through imparting a broken and beautiful message of hope.
Grace R., Glacier National Park, 2017
The Lord said, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”