Lord willing, in February NewBranch will begin a weekly outreach Bible Study at a trailer park in Auburn, GA with the long-term goal of planting a church. It’s been an incredibly humbling experience to watch God orchestrate all of this.
Ken and I found out about a ministry called StreetWise via a brochure in a coffee shop in Dacula. Not long before that we spent time on a staff retreat seeking the Lord and asking him to bring opportunities to reach out in our community. God answers prayer.
Several members of NewBranch jumped in headlong at StreetWise. One of the needs was for volunteers to pass out food on a weekly basis at a trailer park and an apartment complex in Auburn. A group of us began passing out food, praying for people, sharing the gospel, etc.
After several months of this, StreetWise approached us about starting a Bible study at the trailer park. God, in his I-know-what-I’m-doing-ness, had been leading the leadership of NewBranch in the same direction. Providence.
The need in the area is great: financial problems, family problems, drug problems, medical problems, criminal problems. But the deepest need is the same as always: the Gospel. And the gospel is the power of God for salvation to anyone who believes (Romans 1:16)!
The same gospel that saves you moves you out of your comfort zones to befriend sinners. It’s the same gospel that sends us out to the highways and hedges and compel the poor, cripple, lame, and blind to come in to the great feast that is Jesus (Luke 14:12-24).
You can leave our Sunday morning location and drive to the trailer park in 15 minutes. This is our backyard. This isn’t our Judea-Samaria or our Ends-of-the-Earth, this is our Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). And, according to Jesus Christ, we will be his witnesses.
This is only a brief overview of how God has graciously brought NewBranch to this point. As you hear and read more here and on Sunday mornings, cover this in prayer. Ask God how he would have you serve him in this ministry. Pray that he would break chains, free captives, and save souls for the glory of his name.