The winter months can be a bit tricky to find ways to be in our neighborhood; people stay inside often, sidewalks are not shoveled, and kids aren’t always dressed for the weather. Despite these obstacles, one of our leaders suggested we bake cookies and deliver them to our neighbors on the weekend of Valentine’s Day. So, we sent cookie dough home with all the kids with a note giving directions on how and when to make cookies together (note: most of the kids who are part of our missional community do not come with their parents, and we’re often looking for opportunities for them to show God’s love at their own homes).
When the time came for us to deliver the cookies, we bundled up and slipped down the snow-covered sidewalks together. We chose to go to homes that were very near to our own houses; one of our leaders suggested one of his neighbors who is elderly and might be lonely. She recognized us right away and smiled ear to ear when we offered her cookies. As we were walking, we also ran into a woman we met when we first moved to the neighborhood. She asked right away if we would pray with her; we prayed for peace among her family and a new sense of trust in God with her own life. Once all the cookies were gone, we headed back to our house to find Nate and another young boy; they, too, had a story of love. The pizza delivery man (who happens to be our neighbor) got his car stuck as he was leaving our house, and the guys were able to help push him out of the snow.
As we were faithful in finding ways to be out in our neighborhood, God gave us lots of opportunities in one afternoon to show His love in practical ways.