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James Kisku is an IVEPer from Bangladesh. With just one year more of study to complete a master’s degree in social work, he is working with commonGood and Today's Urban Renewal Network for a year.

James Kisku is an IVEPer from Bangladesh. With just one year more of study to complete a master’s degree in social work, he is working with commonGood and Today's Urban Renewal Network for a year.

Church Community, a New Experience

by James Kisku
02/14/2013

used with permission from commonGood

I have been in the United States more than three months! I am experiencing so many new things: new culture and food, people and community life, as well as social structures. I was comparing community life in Bangladesh and in the US. At the same time, I was looking for some definition of community, and found a wonderful quote:

"Church/Community is something that happens when
People gather around Jesus
Nothing less and so much more.
Jesus is loved,
You are loved,
I am loved,
Life is shared,
Truth is spoken,
Grace poured out without exception,
People are set free,
Gifts are released.
Simple isn't it?"

(source: http://fellowjourneyer.blogspot.com/2006/07/great-quotes-on-church-commu...)

 

I think Madison Street Church is trying to be a community like the above quote.

Community life in Bangladesh and the U.S. are very different! My village is my community. And of course. I like and enjoy my village community life. We know each other very well. Even though sometimes we face some sorts of problems like misunderstandings, quarrels and other things, still we stretch our helping hand when someone Is in need. But here in the U.S., I’ve found community is church-based. For me this is very unique — to participate in and experience the Madison Street Church community. In my country people depend on church for education, treatment and for other help, and this is because of poverty. In many churches people are less involved in church activities and come to church only on Sunday. Sometimes the Priest also does not pay much attention to organized church activities; neither is he very interested in them. In Bangladesh, I feel the relationship is that the church gives and the people take! I wish it will change one day and people will be more responsible and active in church activities to enrich their spiritual lives

It is nice to see that Madison Street Church members are so proactive. Here I have experienced members trying to help the church according to their abilities and interests. They love, care for and appreciate each other. Not only do they care about each other, but also they think about people in need around the world.

What I like best about Madison Street Church community is that people have a heart-felt feeling that this is their church. The relationship of church and church members is cooperative. Church is a center in which to grow one's own spiritual life, as well as to enrich each other's spiritual life. I feel God's presence in this community. May the good Lord continue to bless this community.

 

James Kisku is an IVEPer from Bangladesh. With just one year more of study to complete a master’s degree in social work, he is working with commonGood and Today's Urban Renewal Network for a year. James attends Madison Street Church, a Brethren in Christ community, in Riverside, CA.