Hi all! If you read my post below then you know that I am on a family vacation right now. I was thinking about something and I wanted to know what you all thought about it.
Where I live... there is a much smaller Christian community than where we are visiting right now. I live in Bremerton WA. There are many, many churches... but with small congregations where I live. There exists a lot of "out there" Christianity, in my opinion, and sometimes I find I feel very lonely. I have my buddies throughout the Greater Puget Sound area and beyond that I have met via the Internet to commune with and of course there is my wonderful church (our third try at a church) who embraced my family in a way that we feel very loved and where we are growing as a Christan family.. But beyond that... it is tough to be outwardly Christian. Especially in the "birth world"... I often feel judged and alone.
Here, where my husband's family lives, in Indiana... I see so many welcome Christians. I see mega Christan chain stores. Huge churches with massive congregations... license plates that say, "In God we trust." and huge billboard signs that depict God's love all over the place. It makes me long to live in a community like this one. I would feel a greater sense of community here... my children's choice to love Jesus would be respected in schools more so...
My question is this...
What is your community like? As a Christan family, do you fit in? While you are pregnant and birthing, do you feel respected in your choice to allow Christ to center in your journey. I feel like the Christian childbirth education I want to put into my community, that I feel I am being led to start... will take MUCH faith and strength to accomplish... because there are so few who would be longing for the outlet. How can I reach those in my community who are not of faith yet?
Any suggestions for me? I would love them! I would love to know how you witness to your community! By example alone or by deeds? If you live in a hugely populated Christan community... do you have any tips for me that would help me reach mothers in mine?
Thank you friends... for your love and support! And your prayers! If you have never checked out the website of the ministry I am starting through my church you can find it at www.buildingblocksbbb.com. Will you pray over it with me? That I would come home from this vacation with my family and be refreshed to start anew! :)