Christina, Gift of Service

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Carol assisting Christina with her coffee ministry on one of our trips to see her.


One of Christina’s gifts of which I am the most proud is her commitment to service. Christina has never been satisfied with just being a church attender; she viewed church membership as something active, not passive. For her, church is a place to meet the needs of others before her own. I’d love to write a book on that last sentence but I will move on. 

On my frequent trips to spend time with Christina while she studied at Golden Gate Seminary, one of my favorite activities was accompanying her to Sunday morning worship at First Baptist San Francisco and helping her set up for the coffee ministry she started there. Arriving early, Christina and I would set up her refreshment area in the lobby; the best part was seeing her regulars line up for their coffee and mostly chat with Christina. They were from all walks of life: the homeless, long time members, visitors, executives, the pastor, and so on. As I watched from the side, what filled my heart with happiness was the way she treated each person with no regard to their status in life. Each person had little stories about their week that they enjoyed sharing with her. It was apparent how much they looked forward to their Sunday morning ritual of a cup of Christina. 

This verse often comes to mind when I think of Christina: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” James 2:8. She does this really well.

 

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Diner across the Street from First Baptist was our routine before church

 

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Taking the F line up market to get to church

 

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First Baptist San Francisco

 

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Prayer sendoff at First Baptist for Christina and Bekah for their Zacatecas, Mexico trip with Golden Gate Seminary. It was part of the Global Studies program Christina was in.

 

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First Baptist San Francisco bulletin

 

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Regulars for Christina’s coffee ministry at First Baptist

 

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Christina and Carissa

 

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Readying for her Sunday morning coffee ministry

 

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4 thoughts on “Christina, Gift of Service

  1. Hello Ronnie & Carol,   Just finished reading your blogs of Christina.  We are reminded just how precious and special she is.   Still Praying, Billy & Carolyn Caldwell

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