The following is a diary entry written from the perspective of a person who is a core team member or early supporter in a project. A core team might be formal, or informal but can be understood as a group of people committed to serving and encouraging the project in practical & prayerful ways from its initial beginnings.
16/7/2001 Dear diary,
Today we hit our 11 month milestone. It has been a huge season working together to get things to this place. I’m feeling excited by the way the community is starting to respond. I didn’t imagine making friends, but these people are becoming part of my life, not just part of my Sunday. We’ve been so focussed on the day and the gathering I never imagined doing life with these new people. In all those prayer meetings in the early days at home, all our talk was about Sunday. I love that people are coming into the house during the week as well, it all feels natural. Any excuse to cook!! I can see Rachel is getting tired, she’s strummed that guitar faithfully for us from the start and getting her team going hasn’t been easy. How can we give her a break?? There is still a lot to do each week and only a handful of us. I feel we are on track with our intentions though – we set out to create a new and welcoming environment, to be open to whatever might occur. Weeks of empty chairs and cleaning the building before and after, now its starting to feel like a ‘thing’. It’s real. I’m worried about where we go next. What if Rachel isn’t the only tired one? Hugh is full of beans, since moving here with such a strong vision, he’s had to be patient, but now it is all happening. After today’s gathering he pulled me aside again to say how much he appreciates our help. I feel like all we did is cook and clean and that’s normal life anyway?? He’s sweet, its been good to feel valued. We’ve been part of something unique here. I pray it continues growing strong and that we can give some of the team a break soon, before they need it.