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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. NAS

God created us for relationship; relationship with Him first and foremost, and relationships with other people. The Bible is filled with teachings on the benefits of relationships and teams. In the beginning of Moses’ calling, he asked God for help in the area where he felt weakest – and God sent Aaron. As Moses’ leadership journey continued in Exodus 18:13-24; Moses’ father-in-law prompted him to build and train a trusted team so that the job could be completed more quickly and to insure that Moses did not wear himself out. (Read full story below) Even Jesus gathered disciples before He began His ministry, and He always sent His disciples out in groups of two or more. Therefore, it is vital that we do not try to “go it alone,” but rather pray for God to show us who we can connect with for the work He has called us to do.

Pray about the things that the Holy Spirit has put on your heart; the needs that prompt you to serve and the injustices that break your heart. Search for opportunities to pray, to provide care by meeting needs, and to share the Good News of Jesus. There are some projects that you can do in a day, but most needs or opportunities to serve are on-going and will require a sustainable team so that the blessings and burdens can be shared. One of the most glorifying teams you can assemble is bringing multiple churches or volunteers from multiple churches, together. This can be done by forming a team from your neighborhood or a group of friends who attend various churches. You can multiply your efforts while making sure you do not overextend your volunteers if each church takes one day, week or section of the responsibility. For example, if you are providing backpacks of food each weekend for students on free lunch programs at your school, it is much more feasible to divide the number of backpacks needed than to try to provide for all the students alone.

Prayer walks, neighborhood outreach events, military family childcare once a week for parents who are alone while their spouse is deployed, teaching English as a second language, Bible clubs and studies, foodbanks, clothing centers, homeless care, apologetics small groups that serve together to share the gospel, outreach to and through multi-generational and ethnic groups,… the opportunities to care abound, therefore make sure your resources and volunteers grow to match your commitment. Sustainability to your level of commitment is crucial!

LOVE2020 is blessed with many ministry partners in over forty cultural areas of influence. These ministries can help with training, resources, and invite you to join them in an area or project that has an established program but needs more hands and help. Many of our affinity spheres have put together a quick-start Prayer – Care – Share strategy that is specific to their particular ministry focus. These are meant to help you get started immediately by giving you simple steps and strategies that can be viewed on our Teams page by simply clicking on the affinity sphere name.

We pray that you will read and revisit each of the content areas of our LOVE2020 website. We will have fresh material posted frequently through our national coordinator’s blog and our Coaches’ Corner. Both serve, inspire and instruct in numerous areas of ministry as God continues to build your strength spiritually and strategically to live out a prayer, care, share lifestyle of sharing Christ’s love.

Exodus 18:13-24

It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening.  Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?”  Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.  “When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws.” Jethro Counsels Moses  Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good.  “You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.  “Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God, then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do. “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. “Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. “If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to their place in peace.”  So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.