As our affiliate partners grow and evolve, some also evolve into new organization names.
I believe there are three barriers to belonging that are prevalent in a place like western Queens: Exclusion, Transiency, and Pain Intolerance. These barriers can be disheartening—or they can serve as an opportunity for the radical hospitality of Jesus to enter in and transform a community.
There’s a beauty in coming together as a community into a space like His Toy Store to serve alongside another community over a common love for what God is doing in our city.
I had always thought of Christian community as the act of sharing life together—until volunteering together reminded us that the primary purpose of community is not for our own fulfillment, but to be outward facing and make the city more whole by pointing to Christ.