Lily Cooper is a Senior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in marketing and literature. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the publishing industry. In her free time, you can find her updating her blog, keeping up with her Instagram aesthetic and water coloring in her Bible. She believes that anything can be solved with a Taylor Swift lyric.
Weekly Devotional: Community Ministry
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
Mission trips are a great way to go abroad and spread the love of Christ. Many people go every year to serve God and His people. Every year there are fundraisers for people who feel called to go on a mission trip. From Ethiopia to Australia to Europe to Asia, there are missionaries all over spreading the love of God to others.
However, not everyone can afford to go out of the country, nor does everyone feel called to go on mission trips. But that doesn’t mean you can’t minister to people and show them the love of Christ.
Look at those in your backyard, your neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. You are constantly around people who you can show the love of God to. It doesn’t matter your geographic location or whether you are in a third-world country. God gives us opportunities each day.
Maybe it’s offering to mow your neighbor’s lawn or praying for that person who just cut you off on the freeway. It could be volunteering at a food bank or helping a friend who is going through a rough time. No matter what the situation or event, God prepares us for ministry anywhere and everywhere.
You don’t have to go far to minister the love of Christ, you can simply start in your backyard. He places us where we need to be on purpose. There are no mistakes when it comes to Him. Look around you and see where you could help out. You never know what that could eventually turn into.
Grand Canyon University provides support towards many nonprofit agencies in the community including Phoenix Dream Center, Hopefest, American Cancer Society and Phoenix Rescue Mission. The university also has annual events such as Serve the City days, Salute Our Troops, Canyon Cares Christmas and the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. The school is dedicated to serving the surrounding community of Phoenix and are always encouraging students to get involved.
If you feel called to help your neighborhood, check out the opportunities that GCU offers. One step can be the start of making a paved path for others.