This book explores how both individuals and families can create an environment where authentic Christianity can flourish. People grow best in a supportive community, and families can provide the earliest expression of the type of community God intended. Families can become a microcosm of the church as they allow Christ to live through them using their gifts to minister to a hurting world. Building on a foundation of Scripture, the goal of this book is to ignite within families a desire to make advancing the Kingdom of God a priority in how they use their time, treasure, and talents. It outlines how regular community service anchors biblical values into family life and elevates personal spiritual development to new levels by putting faith into action. By aligning their lives with God's values, by serving together, family members gain an appreciation of one another and a deep understanding of how God has uniquely gifted them. Service provides youth with a means to forge their identity while involved in meaningful activity. Parents are center stage as role models and mentors for what it means to follow God with your whole heart. Resources and ideas give guidance to help families select "faithing" opportunities and prepare for their adventure in service. Randy Wallace received his Biblical education at Trinity College and in addition has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. For the past 18 years he has lived and worked in Appalachia doing Christian community development. Part of that involves recruiting some 300+ volunteers annually who serve the needy, elderly and disabled. He is married to a Jacqueline and has two sons who are raising their families in Southern California. Check out the website www.missionaslife.com
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