As a Conference, we are engaging in doing ministry with the poor, those communities of need. We acknowledge and understand God’s call for us to be the light and the salt of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Our light shines when we take a wholistic approach to be in ministry with God’s people, body, mind and soul. When we tend to the needs of the whole person, it is much easier to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In our experience of doing ministry with the poor through QuadW Missional Internship, one of the best connection points in making disciples of Jesus Christ is the laundromat. The laundromat helps our interns to connect and understand the context in which they will be serving. It also gives them an opportunity to discover the community assets as they engage in conversations with people at the laundromat.
How much does it cost to do laundry at a laundromat? This is a question most of us hardly ask because we have the privilege of owning a washer and a dryer in our own homes. Have you ever thought of under-resourced communities and homeless communities who depend on laundromats? According to www.laundryhack.com “The average cost of washing a load of laundry and dry at a laundromat range from $2.50-$10, with the national average pegged at $6.20. Ironing and folding may cost additional $1.50-$2 at the laundromat.”
With the communities that our interns have served in the past, it has been $6/load to wash and $4/load to dry. Think of a family of four and how much they need for laundry each week. It is through this experience that “Know Thy Neighbor” was created for our North Alabama QuadW Missional Internship. Every Wednesday afternoon, the interns do their laundry at a community laundromat, meeting and sharing laundry coins with their neighbors.
Do you have quarters laying around in your house or car? We can put them to use this summer through our QuadW Missional internship that is coming up, June1-July 27, 2021. We are thankful for churches and individuals who have donated quarters, we are still in need of more especially with the Huntsville site. John Perkins says, “We live out our call most fully when we are a community of faith with arms wrapped about a community of pain.” We have neighbors and communities that are struggling around us, can we live our call fully in loving and caring for others.