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Day 136: International Church Community

Some old, and some new Albanian friends…

Today I’ve been reflecting once again on the gift of community. In the last week, I’ve been particularly stirred by the international church community that I get to be a part of. I spent the last few days with my friends in Albania worshipping God in their own setting. Yesterday, I received a text from my American friend that I’d met through a different church trip and today sent a ‘Happy Birthday’ message to my good friend from Lithuania who has been working with us in the creative office for the last year. On top of that, my mentor for last night’s preach was an inspirational man in our church named Sola who is originally from Nigeria; I love that.

It’s so exciting to be part of such a diverse community of people from utterly different backgrounds and upbringings who are all connected by their devotion to Jesus. The connections I mentioned were only from the last week – there are representatives from over 40 nations in our church alone! I know I mention the world privilege a lot, but we really are very privileged.

It made me think about the classic Bible verse, John 3:16 again:

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I’ve added the emphasis, because if I’m honest, that’s how I tend to read it. However, today what stuck out to me was this:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

It’s when you get to be a part of such a wonderful international community of believers that you truly get to reasons how incomprehensibly vast the love of God really is. The immense love that never leaves me despite my shortcomings and guides me through every part of my life isn’t simply available to me…it’s available to every…single…person…in the world. What an incredible God we serve!

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