My name is Karli Osburn and I am excited to be interning at Kingdom Causes Bellflower for the summer of 2018! I’m a lover of Jesus, whales, Chick-Fil-A, and all things Harry Potter. Bellflower Brethren Church is more than my home church, it is my family. I grew up in and around Bellflower, but I now spend the school year living in San Diego at Point Loma Nazarene University as a full-time student. I am a sophomore Social Work major, hoping to work with children and families in whatever capacity the Lord leads me in.
During my first day on the job, the KCB staff participated in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) training. ABCD taught me to view communities in a completely new light: as resourceful places full of potential instead of impoverished places full of needs. The point of shifting to this new perspective is to listen to community members to find out what they already have and are willing to share, so that they can lift themselves up to better conditions, rather than giving them what we think they need. Partnering with one’s community is more sustainable than providing a bunch of services for one’s community. This concept applies to churches as well. Surprisingly, a church that always gives to the community can end up causing more harm than good. But a church that becomes a part of the community, that joins the neighbors in their own vision for community development, will experience a give and take of empowerment on both sides. This church will create sustainable change.
If you’re like me, this is an entirely new concept for you and it’s both shocking and hard to believe. Personally, the more I’ve reflected on it and discussed it with my team, the more I have begun to adopt this perspective as my own. For me, it all comes down to the mighty power of Jesus working through genuine relationships.