LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Chad Kopkas

Recently, a member of HCC’s Men of Faith ministry felt a prompting from the Holy Spirit to make an effort to get to know his neighbors. He learned that both the husband and his wife were battling health issues that made it difficult for them to maintain their yard. It had become overgrown with blackberry bushes and was in need of other maintenance. The home was starting to provoke the ire of other neighbors and the city had put the family on notice that if something was not done, they would clean it up and bill them for the costs. This would have presented a significant financial hardship. He asked the homeowners if they would accept help from him and his friends from his church. They agreed and a community service project was born. A team of at roughly 10 men and a couple of teenagers from Highlands put the gospel into action and showed up the morning of Saturday, August 6, working throughout the day to remove the blackberry bushes, take down and demolish a fence and the remnant of a shed, haul away trash, and more. The couple was thankful for the efforts of the crew. All involved realized this was a great reminder of what Jesus’ calls us to do in verses like Matthew 19:19 which commands us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

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