by Anne Wheeler-Waddell
The end of September we had the privilege of joining with Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, VA, to encourage and equip church members to extend their body-of-Christ-care to Audrey and Chase Arndt. The Arndts, TAP Partners, are now in Kenya learning the Maa language and awaiting the arrival of their team members, Fred Foy and Cecily Strang, also TAP Partners.
Saturday we spent several hours with the group sharing the biblical basis for caring for people in mission and talking about what caring for the whole person looks like. The Arndts and Strangs shared some of their journey and anticipated needs as they begin their new work. We ended with sharing some practical ways of extending care for Chase and Audry from VA to Kenya.
Sunday morning Fred Foy brought a message of challenge that going or staying we all are called to participate with God’s people around the world and then a wonderful commissioning was celebrated as the Arndts and Strangs answer their calls to participate in what God is doing among the Maasai in East Africa.
The feedback to this training in how to be a community of care was encouraging: