BLESSING

Freisen

Steve Friesen is a part of the Mission Southside team, loving neighborhoods in Olathe. He says, “I find it so amazing that God invites us into His family, and He immediately involves us in His restoring work in this world! And I find it even more amazing that God can use someone like me!”

A huge game-changer in his life was the home he grew up in where faith in Jesus was central and lived out with consistency. He did experience a time where he fell into more concern for his outer image – what others thought, rather than on his inner man – loving God with all His heart. The passage where Jesus said, “these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me,” stopped him in his tracks. The reality of this stood out to him and it helped him turn the corner to living forgiven and free, with his heart drawing near to God, to follow and serve out of wholehearted love and Spirit led obedience.

Across the teams at Mission Southside (MSS), we use the BLESSING cycle to help us live on mission and to prioritize the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We meet to encourage each other and “spur one another on to love and good deeds.” We also pray together for our hearts to align with the Lord, seeking His priorities. We are so grateful for so many who participate in putting God’s love into action by extending help through hope – so that more and more people in our community can experience and hear of God’s love and find hope and life in a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.

With a heart to live intentionally in obedience to the Lord’s prompting and to develop relationships with his neighbors, Steve not only takes a weekly prayer walk through the neighborhood his MSS site team has adopted, but he also does the same with his own neighborhood. He uses the Bless Every Home weekly prayer list, to pray for his neighbors by name. His heart is to start having “Firepit Fridays” to begin growing more personal relationships with his neighbors where doors can be opened for sharing the love of Jesus.

It’s so wonderful to see how Mission Southside and Love KC have the same priority; to live on mission, (pray, care, share) loving our neighbors into the Kingdom of God!

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