March 2, 2021

 

Craig's Comments 

 
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

The concept of being our brother's keeper may seem like such an Old Testament question, but it also appears in the New Testament in the account of the prodigal son. In the context that Jesus told that parable it was well known that the older brother should have taken responsibility for his younger wayward sibling and pursued restoration as much as possible.

Apparently he was busy being the good son and guarding his share of the family estate. Whatever context you choose, the concept of caring for our brothers (and sisters) is inherent in all of scripture, ultimately personified in the life of Christ who took our place on the cross in dying for our sins.

Embracing the role of being your brother's keeper today may take many forms or expressions. Here are just a few that are actively engaging our communities:
  • Hunger initiatives continue to be a significant need right where we live. The efforts of the Bread of Life Food Pantry on the first two Thursdays of each month have continued to help new families with various needs. We also plan to revisit the distribution of meals to families at the end of this month on March 31 in honor of Easter approaching.
  • Progress is being made in the reaching of Unreached People Groups in our region. Partners such as Friendly Arabic Church have been instrumental in hosting monthly prayer, training, and mobilization meetings as churches seek direction in adopting the unreached of our region.
  • Multi-housing ministry also continues to see many needs as the gospel is communicated in both English and Spanish through various efforts coordinated by Missions Center NC. A new sports outreach at the Cambridge apartments is just the latest example of the wide variety of ministries being conducted.
  • Multiplication is also being embraced by our PMBA churches in exciting ways as we see leaders being engaged, mentored, and sent with the goal of church planting and making a significant impact in the Triad.
These are just a few ministries who are taking this challenge of being our brother's keeper seriously. Such efforts are engaging the needs of our community in such exciting ways. There are many other examples of ways that God is at work among us, but there is so much more that remains to be done. How is God leading your church to "keep" your brothers who are all around you? If we can serve you in this endeavor, we remain excited and at your disposal. May this season of worship and service leading up to Easter be blessed!

Craig Clayton
Community Missions Catalyst