Hearts touched by Jesus Christ should always ask, “How can I serve others?” In the gospels, we see Jesus as the ultimate servant. He wanted to change the lives of others at his expense.
On Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, our church family had the opportunity to serve children who are hungry around the world. Twelve volunteers entered our church at 3 p.m. and transformed it into a food processing center. They set up 50 tables along with all the tools need, moved 800 lbs. boxes filled with soy, and one ton bags of rice, so that the close to 500 volunteers could accomplish the task of making 100,000 meals for children.
These twelve volunteers served without the fanfare and acknowledgment of the hundreds of people who came to serve. And its these hundreds of people who served without the fanfare and acknowledgement of those receiving these meals in different parts of the world. This is how God works in His church. People following in the footsteps of Jesus serving others selflessly. The same can be said of the twenty something people who stayed to clean up, wash dishes, and tear down tables. They were serving for the fanfare of one, our God.
There were so many people who were encouraged through this event. They got to serve alongside of other believers displaying to this world that our God is real. I was personally thankful to all the people from Lighthouse who invited their family members, friends, co-workers, and people from all other walks of life (soccer teams, basketball teams, Girl Scout troops!). We at Lighthouse truly want to be servants so that we are a light to the cross of our Savior.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
About the Author: Gavin Kajikawa is Lighthouse’s Pastor of Evangelism Ministries, as well as overseeing missions at our church. He enjoys spending time with lovely wife Lorraine and their two daughters, cheering for the Lakers, feeding the fish in the office fishtank, and laughing at all the office hijinx.