Take a close look at the image above.
It’s a screen shot from my iPhone, showing the distance between Windsor Farms—the city’s wealthiest census tract—and Gilpin Court—the city’s poorest. According to my iPhone even if you are driving in heavy traffic it’s less than five miles, less than twenty minutes, from one to the other. And yet the two are worlds apart.
So, I was a little surprised to find this email from First Baptist member Leslie Beale in my inbox when I got back from vacation:
Normally I wouldn’t send these but since you asked us to keep working in your absence I thought I would share. Kevin and I are volunteering at STEP‘s VBS this week serving the kids from Gilpin Court. And I suppose we are working to bring KOH2RVA but to us it just seems like summer fun!
I hope that you are enjoying your vacation,
Leslie and Kevin don’t live in the wealthiest census tract in Richmond, but they still live a long way from Gilpin Court, socioeconomically speaking. To think of them and their three beautiful children–Paige, Christopher, and Carter–helping out with Bible School at Gilpin Court stretched my imagination. I needed proof. Leslie must have known that.
She sent pictures.
I’m going to let those pictures speak for themselves, but I hope what you will hear when you look at them is this: that bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia, is work, but it’s joyful work.
To some people, “it just seems like summer fun!”