The Mission

When I originally started blogging in Newark,NJ, I titled the blog “to the least of these” after Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? ‘ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ”  This was a verse I had to MEMORIZE and quote to myself every time there was a knock on my door (some days this was every half hour, and I’m not exaggerating!) with a new request, a new crisis, a new desperate need.  I HAD to have the perspective of serving the needy, poor, unlovely, and homeless with the attitude of serving Christ.  I blogged to sort through the emotions and the trials of seeking to serve the destitute.

Now my life has drastically changed.  I have four five kids now and God has called us to study at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL) to become more equipped for long term inner city ministry.  Along with this calling to study, comes being transplanted into white suburban life….the very place I swore I’d never go back to….how could I, after living amongst such need and brokenness.  I could never shut my ears and eyes to it again, now that “the homeless” have names and faces and stories, like Anthony’s, and Victor’s and Dawn’s. “The poor” are my friends, they became my family and they loved us and we loved them.  I was forever changed and I want to continually be a vessel of kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, because in these God delights (Jer. 9:24)  How on earth can I do this while I’m living in a place that seems inoculated against the poor, the homeless, the nations?

Well, for starters, God’s given me four five little disciples.  In Newark, I used to ache over the kids that I could impact during Sunday mornings, or weekday afternoons, but who, I knew, were going back into a pit of abuse, neglect, and the lure of streetlife when Sunday School or SHAC (after school program) were over.  How could I make a lasting impact with such odds stacked against me?  Well, now I have five children who I get to impress the truths of God’s Word upon as frequently as I want.  I have kids that I can protect, and affirm, and embrace, and care for, and lead  ALL the time.  And I need to be faithful. By God’s grace and mercy, these will be the hands and feet and voices that carry the Gospel to the next generation.

Also, the investment into my husband as he studies and processes truths that will impact his ministry for the rest of his (and ours!) life is of utmost importance. It was in following him that I moved into the ghetto and let it change me in the first place, so now I need to follow him fully has he engages this calling and this season of his life.

And lastly, I lay before myself a challenge–can God use me to serve “the least of these” while I’m stuck in suburbia? Can he use our family for His Kingdom here?  Can the nations be blessed and his salvation be known among many peoples through us while we’re away from the battle field?  It is the cry of my heart that it be done. Jesus is Worthy.  His salvation is the Hope of the nations.  Time is short.  There IS no “waiting until we go back to Newark”.  This blog will chronicle whatever opportunities the Lord brings for a servant to make His Name known. For the King… and His Kingdom….

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ryan Sobus
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 12:49:43

    Hey Kimberly,

    First, I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to be able to read your blog. It truly challenges me. I constantly struggle with the word “sacrifice” in my faith. Now that I’m a wife and working mother, its become convenient to put off the hard choices because I’m so “busy.”

    I admire you and your husband for the hard choices you have made. You have committed your life to working HARD for Christ. I am fortunate to be able to learn a thing or two from you about how to truly put God at the center of your family. Thank you for all that you do! We keep you guys (and your journey) in our prayers. Ryan (Summerford) Sobus

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    • kimzhis
      Mar 24, 2011 @ 06:47:58

      Hi Ryan, Its so great to hear from you again! And to get a little bit of an update on your life! I’m thankful that the Lord could use the feeble things that I write to help you and challenge you…I know Lord will use you and flow through you to your coworkers, your husband, your kids, those who you interact with as you make yourself available to Him, living on the altar one day at a time. The key is not so much the ability but the availability…I will be praying for you!

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  2. Brooke
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 14:51:36

    wise words… thank you for challenging me today to grab each opportunity with my own kids. Kevin and I have also been praying about the kids running around the streets here… very different from inner city needs but still many lonely kids with little adult involvement to care for, love, and show them Christ.

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