Over the summer, our teens engaged in a variety of service projects, but the one that involved the greatest majority of our students was building a bridge. For years, people have been walking through a break in the woodline on the northwest corner of our parking lot. Many who walk this path are headed to Kimball High School. The path connects our property with the alley of the homes in Kiest Valley Estates.
Our woodline has formed a type of barrier or divide. The tree line has obstructed our view of the families and neighbors who live closest to our building. Over the years, our building has helped us look south, but not north. Most of our current members and attendees live south of Kiest Blvd. By building a bridge we are physically reconnecting ourselves with our closest neighbors.
This bridge is a physical example of how we can build bridges relationally. Here are a few things to consider when seeking to build a bridge to connect cultures and Christ.
- Consider what’s on the other side
- Observe what are the barriers
- Look for ways to clear debris
- Involve others in the process
- Take the time to do the work
- Adjust your plans as you go
There are many areas in our society that need bridges. Our church has demonstrated a desire to build bridges, both physical and relational bridges. Our merging of the Spanish and English language congregations is one more bridge we’ve built. As the children’s ministry sets up in the north hallway of the building, and the prayer room is relocated to the south hallway, may we find these two ministries serving to strengthen our bridges.
May we join in the ministry of bridging Christ and cultures. Let’s pray and work toward this end.