We were planning last evening at our missions committee meeting for our next “Taste of the World” event coming up on June 6 from 2 PM to 6 PM. I hope that you will all plan to be part of this very special day of outreach and ministry. “Taste of the World” is an event that we use to engage our community and celebrate the racial and ethnic diversity of New Durham Chapel. We started doing this two years ago and it has continued to develop into a great day of celebration and service. I would like to see our whole church be involved and there are many areas where you can help, besides bringing food from your ethnic background. Last year we had around 12 different food tables from 12 different nations. We had many ministries that were represented and the music in the ministry tent so blessed my heart that my spirit was filled at the end of the day despite it being a very long and exhausting day.
This year once again we will have pony rides from 2:30- 4:30 and the fun bus will be here from 3- 5. For those of you with children or grandkids in the community this is a wonderful time to bring them out and introduce them to the church. I hope that you will put this very special day of ministry on your calendar and you will sign up to be part of the ministry day. We will have a ministry tent that will be going on, SOS ministries will be there, as well as CEF ministries and there will be a great deal of celebration of what Christ has done.
I’m especially grateful for each opportunity that we have to engage our community. We are not to just simply sit back and have a holy huddle rejoicing in our spirituality. I love what Paul Powell writes in a book entitled “The Complete Disciple” when he describes certain churches when he writes: “Many churches today remind me of a laboring crew trying to gather harvest while they sit in the toolshed. They go to the toolshed every Sunday and they study bigger and better methods of agriculture, sharpen their hoes, grease their tractors, and then get up and go home. Then they come back that night, study bigger and better methods of agriculture, sharpen their hoes, grease their tractors, and go home again. They come back Wednesday night, and again study bigger and better methods of agriculture, sharpen their hoes, grease their tractors, and get up and go home. They do this week in and week out, year in and year out, and nobody ever goes out into the fields to gather in the harvest.” If we are really going to be salt and light in our world we must find ways to engage our world and touch hearts and lives beyond our four walls with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Taste of the World” is one of the ways that we do this. One of the things that’s changed in my life in the last 11 years since being here in central jersey is my acquiring a taste for spicy foods. Part of that has to do with having traveled to India twice on mission trips but also it is also happened because of my engagement and involvement with our own Indian families here. I remember what one of our former missionaries said about reaching the lost when Alex Leonovich stated from the pulpit, “that the light that shines the furthest shines the brightest at home”. We need to make sure that our light is shining brightly here in Middlesex County even as we take the gospel to the utter most parts, let us make sure that we’re bringing people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ right here in Piscataway. We continue to do that by many of our ministries. Won’t you partner with us to see souls come to saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ on June 6th?
Shalom, Pastor Rich