My church, Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, celebrated its 10th Anniversary today. Instead of holing up in the cushy auditorium, we went old school and had our morning worship in the parking lot like we used to do in the old days. My wife and newborn and I left Houston at 6 a.m. in order to make it to Waco by the 9 a.m. start time. (Since I was the official photographer for the event, I sort of needed to be there at a decent hour.) We had a blast, and the Spirit of God really touched us. Here's one of my favorite photos from the service:
I shot several hundred frames, but I think I'm done posting pictures until next year. :-) Here's the last round.
One of my favorite speaker shots (though I know he's not speaking, but he is reflecting on what he's about to say):
I posted some more photos here on Thinklings.
I posted a few photos from my church's annual missions conference here. I plan to post a few more soon.
A good friend of ours, Debbie, was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer yesterday. Debbie and her husband, Kyle, have small children and a start-up business, which, unfortunately, means they don't have health insurance.
One our our mutual friends sent an email yesterday asking for prayers for their financial situation. They have surgeries and treatment coming up that will cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. Ironically, just two weeks ago I bumped into Kyle at Walmart -- he was working there. He had been on the job for three days, working as a cashier, because they needed some extra cash in their monthly budget.
My opinion is that their financial struggles are now an issue that Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas have to deal with. Kyle and Debbie shouldn't have to worry about finding several thousand dollars for medical procedures -- those worries should be the last thing on their minds.
By all measurable standards Antioch is rich. Sure, we're in a poor neighborhood, but that's by choice. Sure, we're not extravagant, and even downright pragmatic, but that's by conviction. The money for Kyle and Debbie should not be an issue right now, especially when you fellowship within a wealthy church that happens to exist in the wealthiest nation in human history.
I'm sure we're going to do the right thing.