Bridging the Gap 2014If a brother or sister has material possessions and sees a person in need and doesn’t care, how can the love of God abide in such a one? Let’s not love with words and speech, but with action and truth. 1 John 3:17-18

Following his example, Jesus leads us to focus our service and outreach to those in poverty and homelessness. Yet, so few of us have a real understanding of what it means to be without basic necessities.

Bridging the Gap is an experiential journey among the urban poor that CUMC offers in partnership with Jacob’s Well. Through a series of learning experiences, participants gain at least a taste of what it is like to be in poverty so that we can more fully sympathize with and serve our brothers and sisters in a more genuinely compassionate way.

A wonderful group of seven enthusiastic participants completed the journey this past weekend, March 21-23:

  • Bobby Crenshaw, CUMC & Jacob’s Well
  • Connie Frazier, Quito United Methodist Church & Jacob’s Well
  • Andrew Grissom, CUMC
  • Laura Lloyd, Fellowship Downtown & Jacob’s Well
  • Emily Rachiele, CUMC
  • Pearce Trenary, CUMC

    From left: Jamey Lee, Marian Bacon, Bobby Crenshaw, Andrew Grissom, Pearce Trenary, Nathan Brasfield, Emily Rachiele, Laura Lloyd, Connie Frazier

    From left: Jamey Lee, Marian Bacon, Bobby Crenshaw, Andrew Grissom, Pearce Trenary, Nathan Brasfield, Emily Rachiele, Laura Lloyd, Connie Frazier

Jamey Lee of Jacob’s Well, Nathan Brasfield of CUMC, and Marian Bacon of CUMC & Jacob’s Well helped facilitate the weekend.

Congratulations to our new Bridging the Gap alumni!

If you’re interested in participating, contact Nathan Brasfield at nathanb@cumcmemphis.org or 261-4386. Bridging the Gap is offered at least once a year.

You will also be interested to know that Serving & Outreach is beginning a year-long emphasis on Understanding Poverty on May 4 at 11:00 in Seabrook Hall. Check out cumcmemphis.org/equipping for more info.

 cumcmemphis.org/bridgingthegap

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