Why El Cajon?
Kaleo Church believes that mission starts with our own neighbors first. One of our favorite times of the year is Serve the City. It is a time where we take our vacation days, and instead of going on a mission trip oversees, we take a mission trip to the city of El Cajon. The goal in doing this is to better love and serve our local neighbors through projects, a basketball camps, and others ways of service to show off the great love our God has first shown us (1 John 4:19). It is a great time of coming together as a family to really live out what Jesus called his disciples to do before he went to the cross. He said,
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).”
When saying that to the disciples, an implication Jesus was making was that we must love one another in front of others. So, when we are loving each other in front of others in our city, it will raise questions in their mind about what kind of people love this way. We believe that makes it possible to share the love that God has shown us in Christ.
Seek the Welfare of the City
In Jeremiah 29, Israel has been sent by God into exile. They are in a place that is not their home. Naturally, most of us would count the days until freedom if we were in such a situation. However, God says to them,
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare (Jer. 29:7).”
Although we believe that El Cajon is not our true home (Phil. 3:20), we do believe God has sovereignly placed us in El Cajon to seek and pray for the welfare of the city. In doing so, not only is our hope that people would come to treasure Jesus, but we really do believe El Cajon can become a better place to live.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you are interested in joining us this year (2016) for Serve the City from July 18-22, please contact Pastor Wes at firstname.lastname@example.org