Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ministry is Messy

“Our church is like a MASH unit,” a pastor friend of mine likes to say.

His church is hundreds of miles from Yucca Valley, but he could just as easily be describing ours.

Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units began in World War II and were popularized in the 1970s with the hit TV sitcom. The theory was that many combat fatalities could be avoided if soldiers could be treated sooner near the front lines. The program was a resounding success. During the Korean War, a soldier who made it to a MASH unit had a 97% chance of surviving.

A hospital near the front lines. Yes, that pretty well sums up the church.

Why is church ministry so messy? Because real people are involved. Real people with real problems. But praise God — we have a Great Physician who left His throne to get His hands dirty and redeem us from sin and its horrible effects.

Will you join us in this work of saving lives and helping the wounded?

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