For a few very short weeks in August and September our fellowship is being blessed by Lena Jakobi from Homburg, Germany. Just out of high school, Lena had already been involved with a soup kitchen in her home city. She wanted to see how similar ministries were done in America, and so she has come to Elgin for four weeks to work with Elgin Wayside Center. She is there Monday through Friday during its open hours, and gets back and forth using the PACE bus. Pastor Jonathan and Amy Wilson are very excited to be able to host her as she does this ministry.
A recent report put Kane County in Illinois as one of the most densely-served counties for community service and benevolence ministry in the nation. There are certainly no shortage of opportunities to get involved. Sometimes we are most blind to our own environments and might not see for ourselves that, first of all, there are a great many needs, and second, there are a great many opportunities right near to us to help meet those needs through established benevolence organizations. Hopefully Lena’s presence among us here in Elgin can be a reminder to many of the opportunity to be missionaries to our very own neighbors.