Most of the men who consider our life come into contact with us through one of the many communities we live in or through the various outreaches we serve in. There many of them get a chance to interact with us, engage in service with some of our men and simply build relationship.
Some then go on to come and live in one of our houses, for a week or for a more extended period, for example by doing a Gap year. This affords them the opportunity for discipleship and formation, to do meaningful service in one of our many outreaches, and to get a first-hand taste of our life. See the stories of two men, Jerry O’Neil and Daniel Dunkl, who lived in our Lansing and our San Jose houses respectively.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
But apart from those local differences, each house follows a pattern of life which is the same all across the world. We start the day together with breakfast, followed by a common prayer time. The brothers then go to their various places of service, and normally gather again in the evening. We pray “Evening Prayers” and typically have dinner together. What each brother does in the evenings varies according to his particular work or service but we end the day together with “Night Prayers”.
On Saturday evenings we celebrate the Lord’s Day together: this is a celebration modeled on the Jewish Sabbath ceremony where we begin the Sunday together. It includes some set prayers, a time of worship and sharing, followed by a festive meal and a time of entertainment and relaxation.
LIVING AND SERVING WITH THE BROTHERS
Daniel Dunkl, a brother from Austria, lived for a year with the brothers in Costa Rica. This is his report on the time he spent there.
Jerry O’Neil spent a year living with the brothers in Lansing, Michigan. Here are some of his reflections.
"Perhaps what I most value is how their prophetic call speaks a radical word of hope to a hungry generation."