“Are you hungry? Here I made this for you.”
“Are you thirsty? Here you go.”
“How is your apartment? I found this and thought you might need it.”
“Aren’t you cold? Here are some clothes I don’t wear anymore.”
“Are you okay? I heard you were sick. Let me know if you need anything.”
“Are you bored or lonely? Please come to my house this weekend.”
It has been less than two months since my arrival to Aomori Fukuin Christ Church. But in that time when I was hungry, they fed me in their homes, gave me food from their fields, brought me meals, and taught me how to cook. When I was thirsty, they made sure that my cup was filled with tea. When I was homeless, they helped me find and set up my home and invited me over to their homes as well. When I was shivering, they took me shopping, made recommendations, and gave me clothes out of their own closets to prepare me for Aomori’s harsh winters. When I was sick, they visited me to ensure I was okay. When I felt “imprisoned” in my apartment, they took me on day trips or to their homes for times of fellowship.
God has truly blessed me with a church and body of Christ who love each other and desire to love the community the same way he loved us. They are a Matthew 25 Church.
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:35-36 (The Message)
They have been vessels of God’s love to me so that I have never felt like a stranger but instead a member of their family.
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19 NKJV).