A little over a year ago I sat with a girl in a coffee shop and shared life over breakfast burritos. Over the course of a few hours we discussed her new boyfriend, her favorite TV Show and then she surprised me by pulling up the bible on her phone because, and I quote, “some of this stuff just doesn’t make any sense.” She pulled up Matthew 28:19-20 which says,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
She looked up at me, and with great frustration said, “ I quit. I just feel like the rest of the world is a made up place we see on TV and go to on vacation. I just doesn’t feel real to me…
I don’t understand why the rest of the world matters. “
I asked her why she felt it wasn’t real- and her response still sits like a weight upon my heart.
“Because I can’t see it.”
This conversation spurred on countless others within our staff, brainstorming meetings, devoted prayer, and eventually helped create and give birth to a campaign we launched officially in October called
The Generosity Project
The Generosity Project was not designed simply to raise funds so much as it is a hope and push to help reshape and form our students’ understanding of generosity and the world in light of the Gospel. In other words, our goal is to help support and further the kingdom of God globally while teaching our students that what God has done for us and the love he has shown us, compels us to act in the same manner towards others.
The Gospel is why the rest of the world matters.
The Gospel is what makes other people matter.
We set out with a goal to raise $500.00 during the month for a community in South Dallas called BONTON and shared this vision with our students at our weekly Junior High and High School events- SWITCH and The Gathering.
Bonton is a short five minute drive from downtown Dallas. It has a population of 2500 and around 44% of those are living in poverty. The community is located within a food desert. There are no grocery stores within three square miles and most have no access to transportation. The Good Works Company has stepped in and what was once one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in DFW is being restored into a self-sustaining community. The Good Works Company, along with many families, has taken up residence within the community with a goal of
Alleviating poverty, restoring human dignity, and creating flourishing communities through good work.
You can check out more information about The Good Works Company HERE!
This is what the Gospel does- it meets people where they are at, sits with them in their mess, changes hearts and in turn changes everything.
Throughout the month our students have had chances to
- Interact with different ethnic foods
- Reenact cultural dances
- that the Lord continues to set his Kingdom down among us
- that the funds raised would bear fruit in Bonton
- that our students, our staff, leaders, and parents would continue to grow in their affections for Jesus as he uses us to make disciples and love people well.
Written by Sarah Renfro, The Height’s Student Ministry Junior High Girls Intern. Sarah is one of the most passionate humans on the planet. She has been an integral member of the Height’s Student Ministry Staff since the Summer of 2013. Biblical discipleship, life-on-life investment, wild adventures, and the creative process make her heart beat faster.