Practical Ideas to Love Your Neighbors
Pray for Christ to give you His heart of compassion. Pray for opportunities to share your story of God working in your personal life. Organize an intercessory prayer ministry at your church, asking God to bless your neighbors. As opportunities arise, pray with your neighbors.
Find opportunities to volunteer in your community. One place to start is with your local church and its community ministries, such as Adventist Community Services (ACS). You can extend your network by working with other service groups. Meaningful relationships are made through shared experiences. Tutoring, environmental cleanups, tax counseling, used clothing drives, collecting recyclables, etc., are a few of the countless ways to serve. Organize community appreciation events for those who faithfully serve the public. Use apps such as Meetup to organize positive change in your area.
Use your hobbies, sports, and recreational interests to connect with your neighbors. Those who love to read can join a book club. Photographers can learn additional techniques by joining a photography club.
PET LOVERS, UNITE!
If you have a pet, it’s so easy to meet and share your experiences with fellow animal lovers.
BUILD BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING
Connect with your neighbors from other cultures and religions by learning how to relate to and communicate with them. Share a meal of new (to you) cuisine, and learn about their family and their faith practices. Six Global Mission centers can help you build bridges of understanding. Learn more by going to www.globalmissioncenters.org.
LEND A HELPING HAND
During life transitions, offer to assist in practical ways. Celebrate times of joy, such as graduations, births, weddings. Help during times of pain and sorrow.
SHARE HOPE THROUGH LITERATURE
Share a favorite Bible app or visit the Web site reachtheworldnextdoor.com. Give sharing tracts that are relevant to your neighbor. Check with your Adventist Bookstore for Vibrant Life tracts, GLOW tracts, etc.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS!
Post your ideas on our Facebook page: Mission to the Cities.