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Missio Dei Opportunity (help get the word out)

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 3, 2007

mateo Missio Dei has a couple rooms opening up in our community house.  Currently, Amy and I live in the house along with another couple and 2 single males.  The other couple is moving out soon to Sudan, where they’ll be doing relief work.

Being a part of the house would mean that you’d be committing to the life of Missio Dei.  If necessary, we’d be willing to offer a 3 month trial period, after which you may opt out if it doesn’t seem like a fit. 

THE RHYTHM OF OUR COMMUNITY

  •  We try to pray together in the evenings, following the Missio Dei Breviary.  We also encourage everyone to follow the morning prayer on their own.
  •  Monday and Wednesday nights are hospitality meals–everyone is welcome.  One of these is held in our community house.
  •  On Saturday morning we have breakfast and invite the larger Missio Dei community.  The emphasis of Saturday morning is to care for one another. 
  •  Sunday evening we have a gathering in the basement of a local coffee shop.  This is where we engage in teaching, discussion, singing, and prayer.  There is a simple liturgy that follows the general flow of our evening prayers. 
  •  We also have another hospitality opportunity in the week.  On Saturdays we have what we call the “Hospitality Train.”  It is basically like one of our hospitality meals, except that we do it on the streets.  We haul food, cooking equipment, plates, cups, etc. on bicycles to one of several locations to share in a meal and invite friends, acquaintances, and people off the street to enjoy the meal with us. 
  •  Beyond this, we encourage people to spend time on the West Bank getting to know folks.  We would be willing to help you find volunteer and/or employment opportunities on (or near) the West Bank. 

This is our general rhythm for life.  We occasionally do other things like prayer walks and attend West Bank community events. 

OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW

This could be a great opportunity for you to take a step deeper into the way of Jesus.  Maybe you’ve been pondering the “neo-monastic” life.  Perhaps you’ve been an admirer of Dorothy Day or St. Francis or Rich Mullins.  Maybe you read Shane Claiborne’s book and now you feel haunted.  This may be an opportunity for you to take the next step. 

In addition to the regular rhythms of life, you’d be a part of a community that will help you rethink what it means to follow Jesus.  None of us are experts…none of us are gurus.  But we are grappling with the way of Jesus.  And we’re doing it together.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stayed up late talking about the radical stuff of Jesus with someone in the community.  Usually this happens after one of our hospitality meals…or after one of our Christarchy gatherings.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  •  Opportunities to be hospitable in the spirit of Matthew 25.
  •  The care and love of a community of Jesus followers.
  •  To be challenged into taking the Gospel seriously.
  •  To be allowed to challenge others into taking the Gospel seriously.

WHAT WE’D EXPECT

  •  That you’ll endeavor to live by our rule.
  •  That you’ll tangibly love the people of the West Bank.

LOGISTICAL STUFF

The cost of living in our community house varies.  Rent includes your own room, access to shared community space, and the cost of utilities.  Individual rooms vary from $325 to $425.  We will soon have two rooms opening up.  These rooms (one is the master bedroom and has a nice walk in closet and access to the upstairs bathroom) could be rented together for $750 by a couple or small family.  This would be our first choice.  However, we’d be willing to consider renting to singles as well. 

If you’re interested in exploring this further, I’d love to talk to you.  You can contact me through the contact page, or you can call me at 612 961 6444.

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One Response to “Missio Dei Opportunity (help get the word out)”

  1. Anna on September 4th, 2007 2:31 pm

    If it were a year from now, we’d seriously consider it. Jeff is tied to school at the moment, learning some very marketable computer skills. Maybe next summer.

    ~Anna

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