It's been awhile since our last post, and as you can imagine a lot has happened - and changed.
The past two seasons have proved to show how many people there are in the Rockwood community who care about it and are doing great works on behalf of their love for this area. We have had the opportunity to attend a Rockwood Neighborhood Association meeting in November and meet many people who have roots here and are engaging in making a positive difference.
The meeting was held at Rockwood's new Salvation Army Youth Center, home of this winter's Good Shepherd Christmas party, which many families from Barberry attended. It is so great to partner with passionate believers to serve God's kingdom! The event was filled with much joy and laughter. It was especially encouraging seeing youth (and we're talking young kids in elementary and middle school) participate in leading activities!
Barberry has naturally seen a lot of changes with several residents moving out and new ones moving in. Thanks to the community meals and several intentional moves, we were able to connect with a few women who have moved in within the past month. One of them will be attending our first Bible study meeting of 2010!
Speaking of the Bible study, this will also be a new blessing to our team. Josh will be leading the Story of God study with the team and residents who we've built relationships with. We will be having this Bible study every other week and ask for your prayers. There has been some time since the last Bible study sessions (several months) and this is a clear need and desire of many. Please pray for wisdom, strength and guidance for Josh as he leads this even as he is working full-time and going to school. We are also still brainstorming ways to accomodate childcare during this time. Please pray that God will send the right people to help with that. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting us in this way, please get in touch with us.
As the year continues, we are always looking for groups who would like to come and share in this ministry by sponsoring a meal. Meals are an incredible opportunity to build relationships with residents and are an important part of the Barberry community. If you would like to join and support the ministry by hosting a meal, please contact Josh.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who has been supporting us in 2009. Through your prayers, donations, and time many lives were impacted for God's kingdom. We have been greatly encouraged in the love of Christ that dwells in His believers - a love that compels to move and share, a love that multiplies. Through your prayers and presence, in unity, God's work is being done. It has been especially exciting to see the unity of the body of Christ in action. Thank you for being a living example of this beauty! Our prayer is that the unity of believers will continue to grow in 2010 so that many more will be won for the kingdom. Thank you for being a part of that!