The first day, Monday, we were involved in some work within the city of Brussels: 1) cleaning a local park and 2) spending time with our international refugee friends. With the guy refugees, we played football (soccer) in the park that we cleaned a few hours earlier. The ladies headed up a beauty day treatment for the females. The second day, we planned craft and fun activities for the refugees. While none of this seems revolutionary by human standards, it is quite amazing the doors that are opened through conversations and relationships with people living in a very foreign land as refugees. Salt was sprinkled, light was shone, and conversations of Christ were right in our midst.
The next two days, we spent time out in our local Flemish-speaking community. From picking up litter along the main street, to passing out leaflets for an Explore Faith course starting in later May, to serving in a local social services centre, all of this gave us an opportunity within our community. Again, to my knowledge, no one asked how they might be ‘saved’. But we were able to develop relationships that I believe are the beginnings of God working amongst a people that need to know the love of Christ.
My deep desire and prayer is that God continue to open doors into the lives of people in the Brussels, Belgium area, especially in our local Flemish-speaking area just south of Brussels. God has created these people and He deeply loves them. Now to see us engage in hearing God and living out His heart in this community.
The past two weeks have been quite busy travelling to and from the UK. So I haven’t posted many articles. I still have my Rob Bell review to post, which is nearly completed and hope to post sometime this week.
Specifically during this week, we have the amazing opportunity for a team to be with us from Trinity School of Theology, based in Rugby, England. They are here as part of their second year course work, with the view of learning some practical things about cross-cultural mission.
Still, more importantly, they are here to serve alongside us at Cornerstone, reaching into our international city of Brussels and into our local Flemish-speaking community. We have a couple of days planned to serve our amazing friends at Foyer Selah refugee centre. Then, we have a couple of days for serving and outreach opportunities based in our local area of Overijse-Hoeilaart.
I’m looking forward not only to the fruit in the lives of those we serve and reach, but also in our own.
Here is my last plug for Inspired, at least until the next session in May 2011.
Inspired is a series of solid, biblical teaching days that aim to make God’s Word more understandable and applicable to the Christian life. This is more than your average Bible study. This teaching series will be led by pastors and professors with graduate level degrees in theology and biblical studies. The specific theme of 2011 will be ‘Biblical Studies in the Old Testament’. Dates and topics include:
Saturday, 26 February 2011 — Intro to the Bible and Pentateuch
Saturday, 28 May 2011 — History Books of the Old Testament
Saturday, 24 September 2011 — Poetic & Wisdom Books of the Old Testament
Saturday, 19 November 2011 — Prophetic Books of the Old Testament
Click here for more details on the 4 teaching sessions.
The schedule for each day is as follows:
9.30 – Arrive for coffee
10.00 – 10.50 – Teaching Session 1
11.00 – 11.50 – Teaching Session 2
12.00 – 13.00 – Lunch
13.00 – 13.50 – Teaching Session 3
14.00 – 14.50 – Teaching Session 4
15.00 – Finish
Each Inspired day will cost 25 euros, or you can register for all four days for 80 euros. The costs include teaching, study materials, refreshments and lunch.