Inez Cocke was already at church when I arrived yesterday morning (Inez is one of our most faithful volunteers. She had probably been there for hours. I often suspect she actually lives at church and has a cot somewhere in the basement). But I walked in and said hello and after some friendly banter she asked, “What are you going to do now that your mission trip is over?”
I hadn’t really thought about it like that. I knew that we had come to the end of our year-long, every-member mission trip called KOH2RVA, but in my mind the mission was still going on, only in a different way. Instead of trying to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia, by ourselves we were going to start working with other churches, individuals, agencies, and organizations in a mission called “Kingdom of Heaven Times Two,” or, as I like to say it, “KOHX2: Bringing It Together.”
I gave Inez an example: I told her that some of our deacons have been working to renew our friendship with First African Baptist Church in the hope that we might work together to do something remarkable in Richmond, to show this city what true reconciliation looks like.
She seemed pleased by that.
“There’s always something going on around here,” she said, smiling, as if she knew that she would still have work to do when she showed up the next morning, as if she knew that our mission—God’s mission, really—won’t be over until his kingdom comes, and his will is done in Richmond as it is in heaven.