Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The RedRoom

a Biblical thought...
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:23-24)

a Book thought...
Captain Maggie Pratt is leading the march at the Ballarat West corps and she fully expects to go to gaol. (p78)
a Dave thought...
Here is a picture painted by Aaron Mills of what we hope and pray the Glenferrie Plant (across the road from Swinburne University) will become.

RedRoom—when you walk by, you can’t help but stop in and make yourself known.
You expect a smile. The people hanging-out inside know your name. When you look around you don’t just see one type of person, but many cultures, languages and with different backgrounds. All with a story ready to be told. There are even people like me. It shouldn’t work, but it does... and it’s beautiful.
They care, and with a passion that is active—it’s actually making a difference. You can see people are different because of it.
There is something about them and there just seems to be energy and life in that place.
You never feel judged, and even though they are keen to talk about their faith and a better way to live, you never feel pressured to be a ‘Christian’. Yet, you want to be like them.
You love how—in this space—you see broken people... it helps you not be embarrassed by your own brokenness. They also paint a picture of something more, a wholeness that’s available.
When they talk of Jesus their eyes light up, as if He is someone they know well. It makes you wonder if you could know Him like that too.
You see them fighting against things that are not fair. They’re not just fighting ‘against’ something, they’re fighting ‘for’ what they believe to be God’s dream for this earth. They are serving the marginalised and invite us to join with them.

I pray as we begin setting up the RedRoom that it will be a space that will connect many students with The Salvation Army and ultimately will introduce them to a Jesus that makes sense. With 39 universities across Australia, why not have 39 RedRooms?

Just a thought.

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