I'd love to explain why we do CRASH each year from a conversation we had during that first CRASH in August 2007. It was a Thursday evening and about eight of us set around two sofa's and a coffee table in the corner of where we do Church and began a conversation:
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in
Lord's message rang out from you not only in
Paul tells us this Church saw people who followed pagan gods become passionate followers of Christ.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Never has the Church today been better resourced, trained, deveolped, skill and informed and with all this we have embraced all sorts of ideas, implimented programs and written many, many books and enrolled in trainging and equipping events but what if we are ignoring what we need and more importantly what society around us groans for; a people who live by faith who are known by love and are givers of hope. Sounds very simplistic when you read but hey so does reading your bible and praying to grow in God.
On Sunday the 8th August we launch our fourth CRASH, this year we have over a hundred people crashing forward with faith, hope and love to see God's message ring out not only in Dungannon but throughout Ireland and beyond. We have our kids club every morning (you get to choose that one now) we paint homes, garden, giveaway free stuff, wash cars(FREE), pray for people on the streets, each evening we have a youth event from 8 - 10pm. Its all happening this year and it happens when a small group of people devote themselves, throw the servant towel over their arms and GO.