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Serving and Rebuilding in Baltimore

Serving and Rebuilding in Baltimore

Rev. Crystal May 18, 2015 0 comments
TaJuanda Michelle

The Joy in Serving as a Believer By TaJuanda Michelle

Serving people is becoming a joy to me, as Christ ministers to those who have a need. I encounter people from various ethnicities and cultures. It requires me to get to know the person, and get rid of some of my assumptions. I am amazed, because God has made all people. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). I like to think of serving humankind as serving God’s people, regardless of what culture they come from or how close they are to Him. Everyone has needs and it makes me want to be intuitive to who they are and how their culture, faith, or experiences have impacted their needs.

Recently, I had the privilege of serving on Rebuilding Day in Baltimore, MD at a local park where people were from various backgrounds. There were people from many organizations who were dressed to cleanup and beautify the local neighborhood. There were some young and old, African American and Caucasian, civilians and from the fire department. We painted a play space for kids, cleaned writings off a gazebo, picked up trash and washed down graffiti off of a house. I really enjoyed teaching a young girl how to paint and witnessing her diligent effort. I also got the chance to meet people who cared about national service and their passion for seeing restoration by restoring the community.

This blesses my heart because God restores things by calling us to serve. I also believe that this was part of the ministry of Jesus. He healed and comforted people understanding when they were suffering. He gave while understanding what someone was lacking. He gave words of eternal life to people as He understood that the hearers’ soul was deprived since sin tried to destroy them. I can’t imagine a life without serving because it’s Christ heart to serve. This is a huge part of His governing nature. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:4). It’s beautiful to see that Jesus gave Himself, His mission was to redeem us from iniquity and He purified us for Himself understanding that we would be fervent of good works. Keep the faith!

Tajuanda Michelle

TaJuanda is a Christian nonfiction writer and enjoys using the written word to share the gospel of Jesus. She is a Site Coordinator at Reading Partners where she coordinates one on one tutoring for children who need to improve in their reading and writing skills. She previously coordinated the Good News Club program at Moravia Park Elementary where she supported pastors in their mission to lead a bible club. She is an MSU Alum and former IBM Consultant in the public sector. She hopes to use her God given gifts to continue to help people and honor them.

Copyright 2015 TaJuanda Michelle and Crystal Schmalz Ministries

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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