Written by: Melissa Lefevers
It is bittersweet for our team to have to say farewell to this beautiful girl! Melissa has been a truly devoted member of our team for two years and her passion for Jesus has been inspiring. Since making a move to a new state and starting a new ministry journey, Melissa has decided to step down from her role here at We are His Daughters and prioritize her new ministry role! While we are so sad to see Melissa leave us, we are pumped for those of you who will experience her tangible passion for Christ as she loves on you and serves Jesus the way He has called her to at this time! We love you, Melissa and we wish you well!
I would love if we could sit across from each other over coffee and chat. I might ask you if you like to read as much as I do. I love fiction and getting pulled into a story.
I do love reading my Bible as well. I love seeing the stories unfold and the truth that it speaks into my life. One of my top five books to read is Acts. I love the church and I love to see where it all began. My heart beats for discipleship and how to grow the local church. I love digging in deep with people and watching their relationship with Christ grow. The book of Acts is filled with church building, the conversion of Saul to Paul, and the Holy Spirit being poured out on believers.
One of my favorite verse in all of Acts is found in chapter 2:42-47
42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services[a] and prayer meetings.
43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles.
44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.
The believers loved Jesus and met together regularly. The met in each others homes, ate together, did life together, and they shared all they had with one another. These actions of harmony and living life together caused others to see that there was something different about them and they wanted it. They wanted this Jesus they served and numbers were added to the kingdom of God daily! WOW!
I’ve seen this work first hand. True discipleship comes from doing life with people. Sometimes I think we get caught in an idea that discipleship is doing Bible studies with people. Don’t hear me wrong that is great and does create meaningful friendships and deeper relationships with Jesus. However, I don’t think it stops with the Bible Study. Discipleship is talking Jesus, eating together, spending time together and sharing Jesus with others.
Let me put it this way. There are four very special girls that taught me what true discipleship is, along with a diverse crew young adults. For two and a half years I met every other week with a four high school girls. My youngest decided they should be called the Chapel Girls. My chapel girls and I went through numerous Bible studies but more than anything life. We talked week after week about struggles, parents, siblings, school, boyfriends, and everything in between. We still talk even though I live 500 miles away! We have a deep relationship together and guess what because we did life together many are being added to the kingdom. How? Because each one of these girls are still leading in church, have a small group, and now living life with others.
We also had a group of young that would come over quiet often to do nothing but eat waffles and play heads up. Yes, we had waffle night! We ate, talked, laughed, played games and formed deep relationships. Through this simple waffle night we have walked through career decisions, marriage, family issues, faith talks and so much more. We may live 500 miles away now but we still talk with our waffle nights friends regularly. Because of this simple act of getting together the kingdom is growing. How? Because there is a youth minister now in this group, a worship leader and people actively leading in their church.
Now my husband and I have the privilege of being in a new place and starting new ways of meeting. It still seems to be over coffee and food and I can not wait to see where these students and young adults will go in their faith.
I am not sharing all of this to get a pat on my back. No, I’m sharing because you to can add to the kingdom daily. Open your home and your heart. Pour your life into others. Take a chance and share your struggles and victories so others will share theirs. Through a simple meeting over coffee every other week God’s Kingdom is growing. Through some waffle mix and eggs God’s Kingdom is growing. It is not as hard as we make it.
So go get some Chapel Girls and create a waffle night (or taco night) and watch how God can use it to cause His Kingdom to Grow.