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bobinfaith

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Dear brothers and sisters;

I felt led to start this thread and ask if we can share our community where we live and how we are serving God. If you don't wish to name the town or city, thats ok.

If you wish to share how you serve the Lord where you reside will enable us to know how to pray for you, your family and your ministry (how you serve God.)

My wife and I reside in Daly City, California, on the border of San Francisco. Our population in Daly City is 110,000 and the commumity is very diverse (from all nations.)

Overall, the population in the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland Bay Area is 7 million people. Because the liberal lifestyle is overall very diverse, the ministry can be very challenging but God has revealed where we live that He is greater than any lifestyle or belief system, and to His Glory more and more of the unreached are getting saved daily. Praise His Wonderful Name!

Because of the challenge, many Christians in our community tend to hang out only with Christians, understandably, but more Christians are reaching out to the diversity of other religions, cults, races and political differences. This is why waiting for the prompting of the Holy Spirit is so important because He who empowers us, is God's timing for every brother or sister that will cross our path. This is the Lord's assignment to us.

In Acts 1:8, 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus instructs us, again, to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. He also tells us there will be mixed races, geographically and cross culturally, "people of all nations." In this passage Samaria was a mixed race.

I go out weekly to the bank, barber shop, supermarket, post office, and auto mechanic, where ever God sends me daily, and will ask for a minute or two to just pray for them. Most of the time the owners or managers are open and I have developed a first name relationship with most of them. Other times they are really busy so I will pray silently over them. Either way I respect their time.

I want to open this topic up and look forward to hearing your testimony.

God bless you all, your families and community.
 
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Dear brothers and sisters;

I felt led to start this thread and ask if we can share our community where we live and how we are serving God. If you don't wish to name the town or city, thats ok.

If you wish to share how you serve the Lord where you reside will enable us to know how to pray for you, your family and your ministry (how you serve God.)

My wife and I reside in Daly City, California, on the border of San Francisco. Our population in Daly City is 110,000 and the commumity is very diverse (from all nations.)

Overall, the population in the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland Bay Area is 7 million people. Because the liberal lifestyle is overall very diverse, the ministry can be very challenging but God has revealed where we live that He is greater than any lifestyle or belief system, and to His Glory more and more of the unreached are getting saved daily. Praise His Wonderful Name!

Because of the challenge, many Christians in our community tend to hang out only with Christians, understandably, but more Christians are reaching out to the diversity of other religions, cults, races and political differences. This is why waiting for the prompting of the Holy Spirit is so important because He who empowers us, is God's timing for every brother or sister that will cross our path. This is the Lord's assignment to us.

In Acts 1:8, 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus instructs us, again, to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. He also tells us there will be mixed races, geographically and cross culturally, "people of all nations." In this passage Samaria was a mixed race.

I go out weekly to the bank, barber shop, supermarket, post office, and auto mechanic, where ever God sends me daily, and will ask for a minute or two to just pray for them. Most of the time the owners or managers are open and I have developed a first name relationship with most of them. Other times they are really busy so I will pray silently over them. Either way I respect their time.

I want to open this topic up and look forward to hearing your testimony.

God bless you all, your families and community.
Most of my working life has been in the Washington DC area, living in the Virginia suburbs and working in DC. Prior to retirememt I kind of let my job impinge on my time and my thoughts more that was good for me or my spiritual life. I was active in church and tried to be a blessing to my congragation, but I have come to understand that my priorities needed improvement.

Since I started my retirement I have made effort to involve myself in service to my community. I sorted food at the local food bank, volunteered at the hospital and became involved in a support group for people that have ostomies or related problems.

I have recently moved to Western Maryland (Garrett County). My wife and I have been attending differe t churches. There are a few that I would be interested in making my church home, we will see.

As far as service, I have applied to volunteer in several local efforts, and one aspect of my eventual choice of church will be oportunities to serve in one of their ministries.
 
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I live in the most populated city, Auckland, in New Zealand Its nearing 2 million people. There are many many churches, so many that it can be hard to choose and overhwhelming for any new believer. But there are also many other religious beliefs in my cosmopolitan city, and many who dont believe. Because auckland started as a port and merchant city, its the most commericalised place of anywhere. Its made up of subrubs surrounding the city centre and just spread out and grown as people come to settle and find jobs here..many many immigrants, and now children of immigrants.

Often Families will buy a house mostly where its cheaper land and even if its ages away from where they work, everyones willing to fight traffic to get to work, just so they can live in the suburbs and have their own house. But now housing is getting super expensive. So theres starting to be lots of homeless.

Anyway what God has me do is work locally within my own suburb rather than go commute to town as I make deeper connections with locals than people who live far away. Just the logistics of getting from a to b can be an obstacle in auckland! And the place where God is most needed is in schools. Thats where it all starts because many parents are just too busy working to teach their children, earning money to keep a roof over their heads. Thats why we have Bibles in schools ministries.
 
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If you can pray for this bibles in schools ministry it will be great, more helpers in school are needed. Children do feel neglected and abandoned when parents leave them to go off to work. Theres so many daycares and after school cares and things, and dysfunctional families can make things worse. Grandparents are often segregated into retirement communities. Nobody enjoys the rat race, but it seems everyone is compelled to belong to it. I mean to use public transport is sometimes a nightmare as it never seems to be on time, and to even park your car for a day somewhere in the city can be up to $40 a day!

Homebased and local business are the way to go I think, to alleviate the traffic nightmare. Big business and global corporates often ruin and pollute the land, every rubbish day tonnes go to landfill. Why I got into radio...its how you can reach out to people sitting in traffic. Lol. Or on their smartphones.

Auckland is such a beautiful city but the traffic, nobody enjoys. Id rather everyone gave up their rat race job, worked in their own garden or the school garden or looked after the parks. Even look after those neglected church grounds. We dont need to be importing or exporting so much junk. We have the resources to grow our own communities. But many peoplechase after money. Its hard to change that mindset because people are conditioned to believe thats why you work, to make money.