We knew that we needed to do something. We just weren’t entirely sure what that something was.
“We” are a small group of 30-something-year-old men who, for the past six years, have been meeting weekly to study the Bible and strengthen our faith together. In the summer of 2010, we went through a study on the Book of James followed by the book Radical, by David Platt. Both are an urgent call to care for brothers and sisters in Christ and to live a life that displays the hope that is available through Jesus.
AFTER COMPLETING the two studies, we were all in full agreement that the call to put our faith into greater action was clear. We desperately wanted to transform our own lives from the ordinary lives we had been living for so long into radical lives filled with purpose and selflessness.
So, again, we knew we needed to do something, but we just weren’t quite sure where to begin. Each of our life stages are similar – young families, new babies, demanding careers. A long-term mission trip overseas was something that we couldn’t immediately make happen. And we were certain that if we just looked around we could find plenty of opportunities to serve in our own back yard.
And we did.
On Thanksgiving Day 2010 we packed our cars with day-old bagels; whatever clothes we could find that we hadn’t worn in some time; and a few Bibles. Then we began driving, somewhat aimlessly, through the inner city. It wasn’t very long until we started to realize that we had our very own mission field 10 miles from where we work and live. That very day, we were able to feed and minister to about 35 homeless people. We never could have imagined that such a great need exists so close to where we live in our comfortable homes and drive in our late-model cars.
SO WAS BIRTHED Kingdom Here Ministries. Kingdom Here has become our attempt to help meet the deepest needs of those in their darkest hour. It has become our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus by providing basic needs to those without them, and to share the love of Christ while doing so. Through this, it is our prayer that God’s kingdom will be established here in Augusta, just as it is in heaven.
Since that day, every other Wednesday we load up a couple of cars with Bibles, biscuits, clothes, shoes and coffee, and we visit our homeless friends in downtown Augusta. We share the Gospel with them. We share a meal with them. And we share hope with them.
The 35 people that we first saw on Thanksgiving Day a year-and-a-half ago has grown to between 60 and 80 on any given Wednesday. We’ve begun to build relationships with these folks and learn their stories. We pray for them. They pray for us. Our team of four has compounded into about 25 volunteers and countless prayer and faith partners. Friends and family have jumped on board to do their part to help provide for the homeless community in downtown Augusta.
Throughout all of this, we have discovered that doing “something” hasn’t been as difficult as we thought it might be. It didn’t require a great deal of start-up capital or a 30-point business plan to begin to make a difference. All we started with was a passion to do something and make an impact for the cause of Christ.
TODAY, WE ARE still tweaking details, still adjusting and still improving. There still is so much work to be done across our great city. We would love to invite anyone in the community, from any denomination, to become involved and “do something” with us.
Check out our website at www.kingdomhere.org to find out how you can get plugged in. We’re doing our best to make a difference in people’s lives in this community. We hope you’ll join us.
Be love! Be hope!
(The writer, his wife and children live in Augusta.)