2021_02_04 Insight Post- Becky Coram
This week's reading- Matthew 9 & 10
On Easter Sunday, April 19, 1992, New Hope Church launched its first public worship service in a “cafetorium” at Garfield Elementary School in Springfield. Our core team of 19 adults (with 11 kids under 7) had planned & prayed and somehow, we pulled this off. Remarkably, 144 people attended that week. For the next 16 years New Hope grew as we hauled our trailers and met in schools all over Fairfax County. We knew how to do a portable church and I figured we would always be that way. But then God changed directions... (Not a shock! Ha!) Though our mission remained the same, His vision for New Hope now included owning property and a building in Lorton, to be used as a community hub to reach and serve people – – and to help all people become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Though I was excited about the possibilities, I was also really scared. We knew how to do portable church for a manageable 350 to 400 people…but what was this going to be like now? I remember the first weekend in the building. I was walking down the ramp into the circle, going against the flow of a hoard of people walking up the ramp. There were so many people… just crowds of people. I remember looking for familiar faces and not recognizing many. I was completely overwhelmed.
Sometime in the next three weeks, God showed me these verses in Matthew 9:36-38 and I was again overwhelmed. But this time, it was by his love, mercy, and commitment to me… to help me to know how to move forward with His plan. “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were harassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I was so struck by His response to the crowds...compassion. And by His recognition, when He saw their faces, of what was going on in their broken hearts & lives...harassed, helpless & lost.
I knew the look of the lost, the harassed, the helpless. For 16 years I had been a part of helping people like that find hope, help, & brand-new lives in Christ. He was calling me back to compassion. The same compassion He had for them.
Things look different at New Hope right now, just as they looked different in the cafetorium at Garfield, and in the auditorium at Hayfield, to our building on Ox Road. But somethings are the same. The harvest is still plentiful. And the workers are still few. “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’ “
What lost, harassed & helpless faces come to your mind right now? Does your heart respond with the compassion of your Savior? Will you step up & be His worker? He’s calling you. Count me in, again, Lord.