November 2, 2012 Leave a comment
In his important book “The Tangible Kingdom” Hugh Halter writes “if you go to Africa and hang out in a village of starving children you’ll get a heart for starving children. If you hang out with the mentally ill, you’ll get a heart for the emotionally imbalanced. If you want an authentic heart for people outside the church … you’ve got to be with them. As they grab your heart, your posture will change, your angle of approach will change, and the Kingdom of God will be a little more tangible”.
About eighteen months ago we launched an overarching theme for our QCCC sites. Known as R1202 (Romans 12:2) it’s a bright, colourful hand that is now a visual presence at each site. The attributes in R1202 are drawn directly from the Beatitudes and it has multi-layering so that the interplay of colour, fingers (and thumbs) and words create up to sixty memorable object lessons that we can refer to, depending on the age and demographic of groups we’re working with
At QCCC we get to hang out with more than 50,000 people each year, with huge variation in age, needs and desires. It means we have a heart for people coming away from their everyday hum drum, it gives us a heart of service to make sure they have a wonderful time away, and a heart to see their time with us spent well. Often we don’t have a lot of time with people, but we’re just a small link in the chain of the Holy Spirit’s work and prompting in their life which started long before they come to us and will go on long past.