By Tom Kuwazaki, Morning Star Lutheran Church, Lakeside, CA
In Luke 10:25, a lawyer started asking Jesus questions and in Luke 10:29, to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus then starts to share with the lawyer the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:36-37, Jesus shares, 36““Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.””
Today many people live in fear and we are given a solution for that in 1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” By loving our neighbors as Christ Jesus has loved us, we are instruments of His Love.
There are many ways of building relationships with our neighbors to help them experience Christ’s love and one of those ways that has been helpful to us at Morning Star Lutheran Church in Lakeside, CA is the use of a smartphone app call “Nextdoor.” So far, we have been able to help a family that had financial needs, give resources that helped a person with his job, and just meet up with others for a cup of coffee. In essence, we have been given a great opportunity to show “mercy/grace” to a neighborhood that has not known the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The following is an excerpt from Nextdoor.com about the service their app provides. I would like to encourage you to consider using this app as another way of reaching out to a lost people.
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Find out who does the best paint job in town
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for helping us to fulfill the Great Commission that you have given us to reach out to those who know not the greatness of your Love and Mercy!
If you have a mission or ministry story you’d like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org.