A Diverse Church and the Gracious Providence of God

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A church member sent me this and I thought it was too good not to share.

Text sent a Frontline member (greeters) from a church member away on a mission trip Sunday morning, which they did not read until Sunday after church:

Good morning! We are on our way home from the Mission Trip!

I want to ask you a favor… My neighbor’s daughter and son-in-law just moved here and are going to visit Ashland this morning. They are white and have two young black kids they adopted through the foster care system and one baby they had–all in one year!!

One of the kids has special needs. I want them to feel really welcome this morning and thought maybe you could watch out for them!

Response from the Frontline member to the text:

Hey, got your message as I was leaving church yesterday. Tried to call you, but I think the time was not right, yet. God had set this work in motion before us and providentially provided us with much more than we would have ever thought to ask for……

I met them coming in church. I actually know her from a school she attended where my kids went & she remembered me. My grandkids, who are multi-racial, came in with my daughter as I was chatting with the couple. They already knew each other. The kids whose families both look similar all got to meet and greet.

The first seat available at church was right behind a couple who has the same type of adoption story as them. They were very welcoming and hit it off with the couple immediately. The wife of the couple who were leading Kid’s church this Sunday specializes in serving special needs kids, so they talked with the Mom and gave her peace of mind before before the kid’s time. I did not get to talk with them after the service, but I’m sure others did.

Didn’t give it much thought yesterday, but looking back over the whole crazy set of circumstances I see Gods providential hand in each encounter. It is a blessing and privilege to serve Christ through our welcoming and amazingly diverse church.

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|

About the Author:

David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero. He blogs at Prince on Preaching and frequently writes for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, For the Church, the BGEA and Preaching Today