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FTFT!'s 5th birthday!

 

March 30th, 2007, marked the beginning of something truly special. It's a little something that Bishop David said "Some people read history in history books, but what you are doing today is that you are makinng history."Sometimes we don't like to reflect on things in fear that we will be dramatic or fall into pride...but God really does deserve to be praised for the work that He has done through this little idea called FTFT! He's done some things that we can taste, see and measure- such as numerous of prisoners and sick children and elderly that were visited, countless hours spent feeding the poor and thousands of slices of pizza being served to those in need. But He's done some things that are way more subtle but are equally important. He's transformed a culture of apathy to a culture of service.

 

Take a look around you now and think of a church that is resistant to the idea of service or mission in some form or another. That number is few or close to none. That wasn't the case 5 years ago. When a high school kid now is used to going to a dangerous part of NY or NJ to spend time with men and women who are poor, hungry, struggling and in need of a warm heart, a genuine smile, a listening ear, and a spiritual word- that's cool! When middle school children are accustomed to thinking and praying for the poor, that's not to be taken lightly.

 

It's easy for us to think that things have always been this way. But they really haven't. There was a time when going regularly to visit the sick, the poor and the imprisoned was foreign (unless they were Egyptian.) That time has come and gone! Now, churches all over the country are discovering the joy of finding Christ in the hospital, the soup kitchen and the prison! This, of course, can't all be traced back to the work of FTFT! But, it'd be silly to bypass the work He's done through this idea.

 

From countless presentations in churches, to numerous emails and phone calls of guidance...these servants helped lead the church back to who she always was- the place where the sick, the broken and afraid find healing and comfort in the person of Christ and in His body.

 

May God give us the zeal and courage to continue to be faithful to His lovingkindness.

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