What can a church in Fresno, Cal., do to respond to suffering in Ukraine? In December 2014, the Warm Churches project was born out of conversations between pastor Fred Leonard of Mountain View Community Church and MB Mission Europe leader Johann Matthies. Matthies mobilized German and North American churches to help the eight ICOMB churches in Ukraine who were in desperate need.
Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount with a reminder not only to hear his words, but to put them into practice (Matthew 7:24–27). Jesus expected people to respond to his teaching by taking concrete action. The apostles carried on this expectation in their ministry, illustrated by the crowd’s response to the apostles’ teaching at Pentecost: