And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8
Christians should be the most generous people on the planet. Sadly, it's not always true. We are all prone to selfishness, inclined to hoard what we ought to give. Generosity doesn't come easily to anyone, whether you think of yourself as rich or poor. Yet God has given us every reason to be generous with our possessions. Speaking of God's generosity, the Apostle Paul wrote, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
God has been exceedingly merciful toward us through the gospel of Jesus Christ. That's why our goal as a church is to not only talk to our neighbors about Jesus, but also demonstrate his love to for them through practical acts of mercy. We want to proclaim the gospel through our words and adorn the gospel through our deeds, especially by sharing our possessions with those in need.
Mercy ministry at Kingsway takes on many forms. A Community Group pools funds to help one of their group members with an unexpected bill. Families and single adults work together to buy Christmas gifts for a foster child in Henrico County. Special needs students from Midlothian High School come over once a week for vocational training. One of the most exciting mercy ministry opportunities God has given us is The Food Pantry.
Through our partnership with CCHASM, we provide food and spiritual encouragement for families and singles in the Midlothian area. Supported by donations from church members and local businesses, ministry volunteers distribute food every Thursday afternoon to people in need and offer to pray for them. Some of these conversations create longterm relationships, enabling us to share how God has met our greatest need in Jesus.
Regardless of the outcome, mercy ministry at Kingsway is all about loving our neighbors as God has loved us. If you live in the Midlothian area and need material assistance of any kind, please don't hesitate to contact us.