Sometimes I day-dream as I read the bible, and I think that writing them down here is a great idea.
As I was reading in 1 John 3:11 I was thinking about what it would be like to dedicate a night to walk downtown and talk to homeless people. Not necessarily with a wad of cash in my pocket ready to hand it all out, but just to talk to them, hear their stories, and just be a hand of God willing to help pray for people and minister to them.
Then I thought about how impactful showing that continual love would be. The people would get to know you, they would have questions for you the next time you showed up.
Then I thought about how cool it would be to have church in Wingfield park on Sunday mornings, and even better than that, to have a time after service to go out and love on the people of downtown Reno. Take water, fresh watermelon, pancake breakfasts, books, bibles, blankets, umbrellas, sleeping bags, you name it, we’ll deal it out. But most importantly, just be there to see these people right where they are. Let God use us and our resources to show them love. People want to be known, to be cared about, to be prayed for, to be listened to. They want to be helped on an individual basis. And I think that’s the kind of love that God wants us to show them. Showing God’s love one person at a time.
It’s not about a church. It’s not about a certain religion, and it’s definitely not about the a specific denomination. It’s about showing Jesus’s love.
We can call it Wingfield Sundays. Where everyone can come after church to be with the church in Wingfield Park. To be one of God’s people. To put to action the call that is on every single one of our lives: to love one another.
Rain (which is highly unlikely in Reno), sleet or snow, we will be out there. Worshipping God in the morning, listening to the Word being preached, and then blessing others after. From 9-11 people can be a part of the church service, and then from 11-4 people can hang out and fellowship and show God’s love to the people of downtown Reno. After a while, a city could be changed. Crazier things have happened!
We could then branch out to Sun Valley, to Montello St., down 4th street, the Reno Gospel Mission. There could be branches of God’s love spread all over the city of Reno.