So many people are seeking meaningful relationship with others, and through those relationships with God. They yearn to share their stories and to connect on a more intimate level.
The following is shared on behalf of the congregation of Mission Bell by their pastor, Rev. Rula Colvin, and speaks to the opportunities for connecting that are afforded by participation in the Griffith Coaching process.
As you read this, please prayerfully consider how God is guiding you to hear the stories of others.
God’s peace to you.
The Saturday before Valentine’s Day we set up a tent, tables and chairs and had decorated picture frames and Valentine accessories available for folks who would be out walking their dogs. We set up the selfie photo booth and offered to take with their phone camera or with our camera pictures of them and their pets for a Valentine memory. We gave out heart shaped boxes of chocolates, valentines, and smiles. We met some great neighbors of the church and visited with them about who they were and a little about who we were. Some stayed and talked with us for 15 or 20 minutes. One family had out of state family with them and we answered questions about good places to eat and places to visit. Three different times, after having their pictures taken visited with them, they shared that they were recovering from cancer. We celebrated with them and listened to their stories. We were truly blessed to be able to hear their stories. One gentleman stopped by because he remembered us from our Christmas selfie photo booth at the same location.
The team at Mission Bell that hosted this and the Christmas event commented how cool it was that folks felt comfortable sharing their stories with us. We met some more of our church neighbors, made some connections and hopefully they will remember us if and when they want to check out our church that is just across the street.