No Need Among You

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Last month, we [myself, David Adams, Janet Mendenhall] spent three days in Waco attending the “No Need Among You Conference.” This is an annual event that is put on by the Texas Christian Community Development Network, a coalition of folks who work to bring healing and hope to disadvantaged communities, neighborhoods and residents of Texas by connecting, educating, training and advocating for and with our brothers and sisters. In other words, this is the conference that we look forward to each year, because we get a chance to learn, laugh, and interact with a statewide group of folks who are trying to incarnate the love of Christ in our communities. It is what Connecting Caring Communities tries to do in the neighborhoods of Abilene.

It was a great time of fellowship and learning for us as we attended classes and keynote sessions that all pointed toward the ever present need to pay attention to living out the Lord’s prayer [“Your kingdom come, your will be done here as it is in heaven”]. There were over 600 people there from across the state of Texas plus some from Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. Over the course of three days we spent lots of time engaging in significant conversations about the hows, whys and whats of faithful Christian community development. I learned a lot, laughed a lot and realized that there is so much good going on! There is much that needs to change in our world that is becoming more polarized each day.

As I think back on the conference, I am reminded that I certainly do not know it all. It was humbling to hear about what others are doing in communities across this region. We do not have our stuff together! But we do know why we’re doing it. We want to live and love out loud in the context of neighborhoods in Abilene; to increase caring in Abilene; to work together with others in Abilene; all for the purpose of making it possible for there to be “no need among you” [Acts 4:34].

Terry CagleComment