When our church had the chance to adopt refugee families from Syria, Emily Kerr felt like this was a job for someone else. After all, she’s a mother of two small boys and she and her husband both have busy jobs. She serves on the vestry, she is part of a small group, but this sort of service sounded like a job for someone with a little more margin. Reluctantly, she agreed to help the family move into their apartment. It would be an exhausting Saturday, but the family would manage it.

A year and a half later, Emily and her family are integral in our church’s refugee ministry. She visits the family weekly, she helps them manage their finances and make it to appointments, she advocates for the children at their schools. In the midst of this, her boys are usually right alongside her, playing with their new friends.

As Emily has shared with our Restoration family, this opportunity has transformed her view of discipleship. By allowing herself to become vulnerable to those who are in need, she has championed a new vision for her family as followers of Jesus. The experience has blessed her as much as it has blessed this family in need.

When we choose God’s fast, we look beyond our own comfort and convenience and we willingly enter into the brokenness of the world for the sake of others.