You step out the front door into the fresh morning air. To the left are sprawling farm fields. To the right are green woodlands. You leave the house for the day and spend the whole day shoveling manure, scrubbing calf crates, and building fence with your friends. When chores are done for the evening and the bonfire is out you drop into bed, exhausted. When the Frys Valley Moravian Church parsonage was vacated a few years ago, this is exactly how the congregation at the church pictured what would happen there. The congregation embraced its rural roots and opened the doors of their parsonage so that youth and adults in the Moravian Community could come be immersed in the rural lifestyle while serving local farmers.
By starting the Farmhouse at Frys Valley, the congregation leaned in to their identity as a rural church and in doing so, found their mission identity. Finding the mission work that is right for you can be challenging! Are you the kind of mission worker who lives in Africa for five years in a small medical clinic? Or is your ideal mission helping clean up after a hurricane here in the US? God calls us all to love others and to help others out. What he doesn’t do, is call us all in the same way. If you feel bad because you don’t feel called to travel to some far-off land to do mission work right now, don’t sweat it! God has a use for you. And you never know, maybe the mission work he needs you to do at this point in time is right in your own neighborhood.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10
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