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<h1>​We are called to community<br></h1><p><em>A message from Marisa Smucker, Interim Executive Director</em></p><div><br></div><div><p>As Christians, we are called to a different standard than the rest of the world. We seek to follow the way of Jesus and believe that strength and wisdom is provided through the Holy Spirit. God reaches out to each of us, even today, in our daily living, asking us to love God, to love ourselves, to love our neighbors and even to love our enemies. God calls us to share the good news and serve others. </p><p>A calling from God can happen in many ways. We might be called to a specific group of people, a place or, perhaps, a situation. The calling may be a series of small nudges throughout a person's lifetime or an overarching call that stretches out for many years. However or whenever God calls, will you be ready to respond by saying, "Here am I. Send me!" as the prophet in Isaiah 6:8 did?  <br>No call is too small nor too large. For the call is not about us but about what God is doing in the world. Throughout history, time and again, God has reached out to humankind, inviting us to join in this work. We can answer boldly with a "Yes!" when we have the mind of Christ and trust that God will be with us.  </p><p>And as Anabaptists, we value community. Whether these callings keep us close to our families and home communities or move us to new spaces or places, we are committed to sharing our callings with one another and encouraging one another along the way. For as the body of Christ, we are always connected, and we keep each other in prayer. <br></p><p><br>Marisa Smucker<br>Interim Executive Director</p><p><br></p></div>




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