Doing Church: Aberto Rivera (New Orleans)

Today we had Aberto Rivera share at The Well. He was a pastor who lost his church due to hurricane Katrina almost two years ago. It was during a mission trip to New Orleans, The Well met Aberto while moving wooden pews that were donated. Pastor Todd and Aberto hit it off well, allowing Todd to teach at his church (Aberto translating). It is with Aberto that The Well will be meeting with again this summer to do mission work in New Orleans.

Aberto shared about the people of New Orleans almost two years after their world was rocked by the storm. Before the storm, people were always willing to say hi and be relational with one another. Today, even still, New Orleans has changed. People no longer spend the time building relationships with one another yet people are hurting to be loved.

He said the greatest thing we could do is continue to pray for those who live in New Orleans – for relationships to build and lives to heal from all that has happened.

Using Ephesians 4:1-4 as his guide, Aberto shared we need to be doing what this verse speaks of:

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—

Maybe if we lived in this way, we would reach those who are hurting with the love of Jesus. Perhaps we would see the hand of God at work both in our own lives and the lives of others. I really enjoyed Aberto’s visit to The Well (I got to speak a little Spanish with him as well – which was totally awesome). All in all, God has blessed us as the body of Christ. To do anything less than love others is a crime against our idenity in Christ. God bless.

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