"Spencedawg" Visits Yosemite

July 11, 2012 | Kam Schaefer

Much has been happening with ACMNP here in Yosemite the past few weeks.  Last week, Spencer stopped by Yosemite for a few days.  It was encouraging for our entire team to be able to meet and discuss the summer ministry with Spencer.  We have found that relational ministry is easy.  There are countless people we live and work with who open up doors for us to share Christ’s love simply by initiating conversation or living in community.  Ministry through worship services here is more difficult.  There are many obstacles we must overcome in order to have success with our services.  Spencer helped our team recognize these and showed us how we can improve. 

Spencer joined us for a hike to the top of Nevada Falls.

Our team has been considering what it means to live in community and not put limits on God.  We have a great opportunity to minister and speak life into those around us because we live in such close community here in employee housing.  Everything is shared and it takes effort from each individual to keep the community clean and safe.  It takes effort from each individual to make the entire body operate correctly. 

This brings me to my next point.  Another important lesson we are learning is that though we are all members of one body, we are all very different parts of that body (Romans 12:3-7).  Not everyone functions or operates the same.  We each have different gifts, talents, and abilities and we all see things differently.  I have found that it is important to keep these things in mind when planning for and carrying out our ministry responsibilities.  We must all take into account the unique values of each team member and learn to celebrate the very special purpose that each person serves on the team.
Sometimes growth happens in the most adverse conditions.
 Since Spencer visited and we began taking note of the areas in which we needed improving, we are beginning to see more success here in Yosemite.  Our team is continuing to learn how to operate as one body, serving one purpose.  We are making better efforts in advertising the services and holding them in multiple locations and this is paying off.  Our team purchased a pancake griddle and we make pancakes weekly before the services, inviting co-workers and friends to join us for a free breakfast.  We are continually seeking out how we can better be Christ’s hands and feet. 


Until next time,


"I had Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, and Christian friends from France, Germany, Slovakia, Egypt, Jordan, Jamaica, China, Japan, and several other countries. Getting to know them was a great way to broaden my perspective and challenge my worldview. "
– Adam, Calvin Theological Seminary 2010

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