In This Together
By Kimberly Luste Maran
From sorting crayons to washing dishes; from babysitting to pulling up weeds; from listening to testimonies of recovering drug addicts to encouraging people to sign a petition to end violence against women and girls,6iATL gave delegates the tools to discover opportunities for servant leadership in their own communities while ministering to the needs of Atlanta residents.
Janelle Cuthbert, from Melbourne, Australia, attended IMPACT St. Louis in 2005 and believes she learned something important at both events: “It’s not difficult to do; you just need to look for people to help. We all need help at different times. We don’t always need to help people who will give their appreciation back. I was at Hosea and we sorted crayons and I helped fold T-shirts; … when we go and serve we get to know people.”
Delegates spent 10 days getting to know God, their community, and one another. And while service was the main component of the experience, it was not the only focus. According to Martin, worshipping God and building relationships were just as vital. “We have tried to show delegates that a Christo-centric relational component to service is crucial—that gentle relational touches are more important than being ‘trained.’ God will give us what we need; we just need to answer His call.”
“IMPACT was a catalyst in my life to get back to knowing who God is, how important it is to reach out to people in the community, and how to share my faith,” Cuthbert says. “I have so much more courage to do some of those things and I’m now able to serve in my local church in certain capacities…. You need to become friends with people to share Jesus with them.”