Posted by: Jonathan Koloff | June 27, 2009


I don’t really know if my time here in Louisville could be going any better. I am having a great time, and God is teaching me so much. He continues to surprise me everyday with what He is doing and how He chooses to use me and the whole HOPE team.

One of the biggest things God has been teaching me is to be intentional. I have a tendency to become very task oriented. I easily get caught up in and find my success in getting certain things accomplished. I do realize that sometimes this is a good thing, but so often I miss opportunities to share my faith with someone. There are so many people that I have been called to talk to, but I miss the chance because I am just to busy. I’ve been learning that relationships are far more important than my other tasks and jobs.

God has also been convicting me about being intentional where I live. The church I am involved with, Sojourn, is extremely active in their community. There are also a lot of people I have met that have moved into the inner city simply to be a light in the community. Our HOPE director, Jesse Eubanks, has moved his family into an urban community in Louisville in order to reach out to the people who live there. Its not always safe, and probably not the best place to raise a family, but they have decided that they need to be Jesus in inner city Louisville. That’s amazing stuff, and has challenged me and convicted me to do the same.

I’ve also been learning that I don’t have all the answers. Really, it is wrong for me to think that I know what someone needs to do in order for them to change. I can’t force what has been right for me on others. In his book, Beyond Charity, John Perkins says, “This attitude assumes that somehow those who do not live in the urban community already know what urban people need. But it is only when we really come shoulder to shoulder with the people at a specific spot in urban America that we can begin to discern ways that the gospel will become meaningful in context. With the transformation of “you, them, and theirs” to “we, us, and ours,” we will understand most clearly the real problems facing the poor; then we may begin to look for real solutions.” I believe this is why living intentionally is so important, we must face the problems along with the people we are trying to help and then we will be able to find solutions.

I’m so blessed to be able to get to know the HOPE team, the staff, the residents, and the day shelter guests. I am forming some great relationships, and I pray that God will use me in these friendships in great ways the rest of the summer. I know, without a doubt, that this is where God wants me to be this summer.

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