We're reading Philippians Chapter 1 this week in small groups, so I'm thinking about Paul going from place to place- being the first voice to share about Christ, sometimes being alone in his witness. I wonder how often he felt lonely being a lone voice.
I know that I would be lonely if I were doing this work of campus ministry alone. And so as I read Paul's prayer of thanksgiving, I felt an overwhelming gratitude for the students and local Board members who are in this with me. We aren't waiting for community- we already have it. "I'm glad because you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel..." Paul's affection for those partners was real. I am sure of that because I feel it, too.
Where have you found community in your work? Who are the partners that you are grateful for?