THE STORY OF SYRINGA

This poem was written and performed by Anne McCaslin. Syringa is the name of a trailer park outside of Moscow, Idaho, where Resonate Church has been serving and building relationships since the spring of 2013. To provide additional context for her story, Anne wrote the following:

This poem describes the spiritual temperature of this place and its need for the gospel. Hearing stories from the people about their lives and the things that happen there on a semi-regular basis is what inspired this poem.

Resonate first started serving in Syringa over the summer, bringing sack lunches and crafts for the kids, as a way to serve the community and bring them some sort of Gospel influence. Syringa had been served by churches in the past, but only for a short time and not without strings attached. This had left a bad taste in the community's mouth about churches in general, so we had the opportunity to be Jesus to them by playing soccer with kids and having conversations with their parents over hotdogs and sandwiches. We talked with them about real life things that everyone deals with, and unique, hard things that not everyone deals with. Our hope continues to be that we might meet the needs of Syringa and be a medium through which the Gospel would be preached and people would be saved.

Syringa is filled with people who have been nomads and faced hardships for most of their lives, and this trailer park is one stop among many that will lead them to some destination they don't know about. This poem speaks to places far beyond Syringa.

Wherever we go to share the gospel, we are bringing good news to invade a space of bad news. We have to be cognizant of the similarity in the ultimate need of all of our souls. We start out life, typically running to things that won't satisfy the longing in us, worshipping crummy gods that will always break our hearts. Everyone needs the love that put Jesus on the cross and raised Him from the dead. So we go to the places that hold the most signs of thirst and bring that Hope with us. We seek to bring Light to places that are dark, and to be salt that helps people realize they are thirsty.

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