Sermon Summary: Sweet Girls & Sour Patch Kids- Having More by Having Less

Photograph by Seth D. Farmer

Photograph by Seth D. Farmer

This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to hear from Andy and Cristina Mineo recounting their recent trip to Bangladesh in partnership with World Vision . 

This week Deborah Metts, Fort Washington Community Group Leader, shares thoughts/reflections on a special Missions sermon.


It amazes me how easily we forget - in the relative comfort of our small New York City apartments and our busy day-to-day lives - how much we truly have.
— Deborah Metts, CCF Community Group Leader

It amazes me how easily we forget - in the relative comfort of our small New York City apartments and our busy day-to-day lives - how much we truly have. As Christians in America, and in a city like New York, our lot is not exactly difficult. Oh sure, we often like to think our lives are difficult with skyrocketing rent, shrinking incomes, crowded subways, and regular visits to our therapists. Of course, these are what we would call “#First World” problems. Far too often, despite the clarity of our faith, we find ourselves buried under a fog of forgetfulness of God’s grace and abundance in our every day. The poorest among us in New York possesses treasures that far outweigh what many people around the world would not even dare to dream. This is the reality that confronted us this past Sunday as we sat engrossed in the testimony of Andy & Cristina Mineo. They shared their travel experiences while in Bangladesh where they visited and ministered in various cities surrounding and including Dhaka in partnership with the World Vision organization.

Let this be a call to action for us to push past our comfort - far beyond confronting our “First World” problems.
— Deborah Metts

Cristina has been sponsoring a child through World Vision and had the opportunity to visit her while in Bangladesh. Hearing the stories that Tanjina and her peers encountered on an ordinary day was like a bucket of cold water on my face (as I’m sure it was for most of those listening). The realities of living in squalor with the looming dangers of sex trafficking, floods, and undernourishment, as a daily reality, sank in deeply. After sharing the stories of Tanjina, Cristina challenged us to consider sponsoring a child like Tanjina through World vision. Andy and Cristina challenged us to give up Starbucks for a month or Netflix for a season. A small sacrifice like this can go further than you can imagine. Let this be a call to action for us to push past our comfort, beyond confronting our “First World” problems. Let this be a conviction to make sacrifices in our lifestyles to give far above and beyond what we thought possible on our limited, penny-pinching New York incomes. Most importantly, let us remember that we are called to live on mission and every day we forget this truth, we are doing an injustice to the boundless grace God has shown us.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
— Philippians 2:4

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