If 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
As followers of Jesus, we are called and led by him to remember and to serve those in poverty. Yet, so few of us have a real understanding of what it is like to be without even the most 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 serve these brothers and sisters in a more loving and honest way.
A weekend experience in the city of Memphis from Friday night to Sunday morning, Bridging the Gap offers a just a glimpse of what it means to struggle in poverty and homelessness.
We will consider big questions like:
- What challenges do the urban poor face daily?
- What is God’s heart for the poor?
- Why should I care about those living in poverty in Memphis?
- And what about the poor in the rest of the world?
The weekend will be full of practical and biblical learning about the poor, and how followers of Jesus are called to respond.
CUMC member and chair of the Serving & Outreach Council, Kim Lambert, urges everyone who hasn’t participated in Bridging the Gap to sign up.
“Bridging the Gap was a life-changing experience,” she says.
“It challenged me to evaluate my priorities and how God was calling me to build/nurture relationships in Memphis. It helped me see all people through a new lens.”
CUMC member Abbye Pates, who helped start Bridging the Gap during her time on the missions staff, echoes Kim’s fervor:
It is all about contact – with other people, with some of daily realities they face, and with others who are for the first time learning what it feels like in small, small way to live with the deep struggles and entanglements of poverty.
Bridging the Gap isn’t the whole picture; it scratches the surface. But for many who went through Bridging the Gap, and for myself, it opened our eyes in a new way.
We began to live differently.
Our invitation to you is to prayerfully consider joining us on this journey which will permanently change your perspective.
For more information and to register for Bridging the Gap, visit cumcmemphis.org/bridgingthegap.
Contact Nathan Brasfield, 261-4386.