Monday, October 31, 2005

Unity in Diversity


Every Wednesday night, thirty or so students gather at our house to discuss spiritual questions. The picture above is of some of the students who were at our house last Wednesday night. Demps recently explained the purpose and
result of this "community" of seekers and believers in another newsletter that our team sends out. For those of you who didn't get a chance to read it, it provides an insight into our ministry here. Please pray for us and these students as we involve ourselves in each others' lives and encourage each other to seek God.

Unity in Diversity

This is actually what the word “university” means and I feel like I’m getting a great opportunity to see it right before my very eyes. As the area director overseeing the staff and ministry in the PE school at UFMG I have the privilege of seeing God raising up a movement on the campus at UFMG. However, I am even more privileged to see God working in the community that we’re building alongside the ministry at PE. Our “community” is made up of 30-40 students and recent graduates from 5 different universities and all kinds of different backgrounds. Men, women, black, white, rich, poor, mature Christian, new Christian, non-Christian, we are all jumbled together in one melting pot of people seeking God together. We often say in our community that it doesn’t matter where we are on this path but just that we are all on the same journey of faith to know God through Jesus. We are seeking to be “one” in the middle of all of our diversity.

The last weekend in September we had a retreat and spent the weekend talking about this idea of “community” in the gospel of grace and how we can pursue it together. It is exciting to be a part of this but also for me to observe this band of “sojourners” of ours taking shape. This process of becoming “one” is a pretty fluid process and at any given moment we easily just see the diversity rather than the unity. But, thankfully God is using this process, the relationships of those around us and his grace to mold us and shape us into His image and something that draws both us and others to Himself. Isn’t that what Jesus was talking about when he said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." That’s my greatest desire, that we would together be his disciples, love one another and that others would be dying to know about this love that we share unified in our diversity.

Demps Dempsey

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