Our family is so thankful to be a part of many different communities. For example, we have our missionary community here in Haiti, our church community in Roanoke, our Roanoke community (even though we don’t live there currently, we are thankful to still feel a part of it), and I could keep going on and on. Each one is vitally important to us. We get a lot of questions regarding our Missionary community here in Haiti, so I want to take a little time to share about it.
What is a community?
1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
The bible speaks a lot in regards in community! Here are just a few of the many verses, on what the bible says about a community, and how it functions.
Hebrews 10:24-25 ~ Spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Meet together, encourage one another.
Galatians 6:2 ~ Bear one anothers burdens.
Romans 12:5 ~ We form one body to work together under the command and authority of Jesus.
1 Thesselonians 5:14 ~ Warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient.
Matthew 22:38 ~ Love your neighbor as yourself
Cite Lumiere Missionary Community
This is our missionary community in Haiti. This picture was taken last week at our annual Thanksgiving dinner. There were approximately 120 people, mostly missionaries from around the Les Cayes area, including Bonne Finn. Our differences are many including different backgrounds, churches, and countries( Germany, Canada, Jamaica, Haiti, and United States.) But, we come together as one body to serve God and serve the Haitians.
Socially, there are many opportunities throughout the week, for both kids and adults. There is weekly basketball, volleyball, and walking groups. There is ladies tea, bible study, and Wednesday night prayer meeting. But more than the social activities, we appreciate the fellowship and support of our brothers and sisters. Its coming along side each other, encouraging one another in our Christian walk and ministries, and just doing life together. Our family is blessed to be a part of this community. I can’t imagine serving in a foreign country without a Godly community surrounding us!