2017 South Africa Trip

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Just in case you missed the Identify event at Living Water last night I wanted to briefly share some of what happened!

As you can imagine trying to communicate clearly and effectively with everyone while we aren’t holding regular services creates a bit of a challenge so hopefully this post is able to reach anyone that wasn’t able to attend! We firstly talked through all of the different areas you can serve in once we start services in January. I’ll quickly run through them for you :)

For anyone that is interested in Hospitality: Greeting Team, Parking Lot Team, Cafe Team, etc. contact amy.bruso@livingwaterchurch.tv for more information or to sign up.

For anyone that may be super administratively gifted your gifts would also be much appreciated and you can contact amy.bruso@livingwaterchurch.tv as well for that.

If your passion lies in children’s ministry, or discipleship contact chris.cerna@livingwaterchurch.tv.

If you are interested in anything regarding the worship ministry please contact zak@livingwaterchurch.tv.

Now the big and really exciting news is that we discussed our opportunity to partner with a community in South Africa to begin helping them climb out of what to them seems like an inescapable trap they are in. The people of New Brighton are battling an extreme AIDS epidemic, orphans with little to no care, children eating 1 or less meals per day. And many other extreme challenges.

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I was able to meet with several community leaders (image above) in New Brighton that are passionately working to create change and they need a little boost and some support that thankfully the people of Living Water decided together last night to provide! The five year plan will provide New Brighton with a new church, an orphan care center, homework clubs, a sports ministry, meals for children once a day, and many more things!  All included Living Water has committed almost $65,000 to this community over the next five years!  I am truly thankful to be a part of a church that isn’t afraid to step in to the unknown together and look outside of themselves to be obedient to God’s call to care for the orphans and the widow’s.

We are taking seriously what Jesus taught:

““Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:34-40 NIV

Very simply, the reality is we are on the path to becoming the church the Jesus has called us to be.

Keep it up Living Water!

I’ll leave you with a quote from a book I recently read that challenged me:


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“The future reveals itself only when it becomes the present. This is why it’s so important to act as if your life depends on it. Your actions have momentum. Every action has a reaction; every choice ushers in a future. If you just sit there, if you just stand around and hope that the world will get better, if you settle for what is because what you long for demands too much of you, then this thing called life will always seem elusive to you. Existence is a slow death; mediocrity is like quicksand that slowly consumes you and sucks the life out of you. What will it take to create in you a sense of urgency? What conditions or circumstances will be necessary for you to finally refuse to surrender to death and make the hard choice to live? Most of us know it’s spiritual to pray, but somehow we miss the fact that it is just as spiritual to act”. - Erwin MacManus The Last Arrow.

Zak