I hope you are all having a wonderful Labor Day. Michael Luke and I hope to get busy today working on a few projects for the nursery. I can’t wait to share them with you.
In the meantime I wanted to share a little more about our mission trip to Seattle last month.
I shared pictures of the houses in the neighborhood we visited in this post. A group of nine went from The Church at Brook Hills to help with a church plant, The Hallows Church. Moved by a burden for the vast majority of people in Seattle that have not heard the gospel, the pastor Andrew Arthur, his wife Kim, and daughter Delaney relocated from Birmingham, AL earlier this year to start The Hallows Church. I believe there is only between 3% and 5% of people in Seattle who profess to be Christian. I would expect the actual numbers to be lower than that because as we were talking to people there, we discovered that just like in Alabama claiming to be a Christian or growing up going to church doesn’t mean you truly understand the gospel and what it means to follow Christ.
Our job for the week was to be the hands and feet of the church… to go out into the Wallingford/Fremont communities and engage the people who live there. We wanted to determine what they liked about the community, what (if any) immediate needs they had, and possibly what they believed. One of the ways we did this was by taking an afternoon and dispersing out into the community.
Michael Luke and I decided to visit several shops around the Wallingford Center and talk to the owners while we browsed. Fortunately, we had a great conversation starter (my pregnancy) and were able to find several children’s consignment shops. I kinda felt like a secret shopper! People in Seattle are quite open in sharing what they believe and many are able to tell you why they believe what they do. They generally are not offended if you believe something different than them, but are of the mindset what works for you may not work for them.
Another great opportunity we had to meet people was helping with a block party that week. As I mentioned earlier, we were the hands and feet of the church for the week. Loosely translated it means “free labor”. Our task for the block party was preparing over 300 kabobs and some of our guys cooking them that night.
She sliced and diced crates of onions and never shed a tear! Absolutely amazing!
While it was a ton of work, we also had a blast and a great turn out. One of the guys from The Hallows Church hosted the block party in his neighborhood. The neighborhood was so excited to have the opportunity to get together and hang out. One older man had lived their 67 years and mentioned there had never been a block party before. Several of the neighbors brought appetizers or sides to go with the kabobs. While we cooked and served, it gave members of the church a chance to talk to their neighbors, get to know them, and tell them about the church plant. Since then, a small group Bible study has also been started in this neighborhood.
This is the excellent site where we set up the block party… basically the median of the road so passerby’s could stop if they wanted.
These are just a few of the things we did while in Seattle. While this may seam like an unconventional mission trip because we didn’t spend hardly any time sharing the gospel, that was not our goal. Our desire was to build relationships and find out what people were looking for in the community, so The Hallows Church could in return hopefully meet some of those needs and over time have a chance to share the gospel. We were just there to scatter a few seeds. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to help out Andrew and The Hallows Church.
P.S.- We had Friday afternoon free and went to downtown Seattle. Michael Luke and I visited the Farmer’s Market and the original Starbucks, and I wanted to share a few of those pictures.
The original logo.
It’s really a cramped little place. No seating… just grab your drink and go!
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