Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan to make sure we know we're suppose to take care of our neighbors. He also wants us to do that without spending a lot of time questioning whether or not it's worth the effort ... and just like the good Samaritan, we can't begin to help anyone until we get off our donkey!
Backyard's premise is simple; we bring together a whole bunch of people and camp in the back field at Epworth. Every day we send out that whole bunch of people into our community to do good stuff.
We help our neighbors who need work done on their homes to make them safer and more accessible. We practice random acts of kindness for strangers. We support local agencies who work for the betterment of our community. We play with kids and use our gifts of hospitality. We share meals, experiences and stories.
Our time at Backyard is all about getting off our donkeys and finding ways to do good stuff for our neighbors - simple as that.
Jesus started Backyard a really, really long time ago. He pulled together a group of locals and told them:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light."
Matt 10:5-10 - The Message
Backyard Mission Camp seeks to do the same thing - keeping it right here in the neighborhood and trusting God to equip us.