Beggartown has been a journey birthed from our own struggles of seeking to live lives that our focused on building a kingdom bigger than us.  It all began with a song> that became a story> that turned into a mission.

THE SONG:

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There’s a beggar in every one of us just looking for some change
A second chance, a new romance, just something different than what we’ve got today
But all I have is in my hands, it’s what I got to use
So I’ll throw it down on the ground just to see what it can do

A life worth living is not a life at all
They say it’s in the dying life begins for us all
So take your money give it all to charity
Burn your house down come live with me
Die a little more each day And you’ll find that life that you gave away

There’s a giver in every one of us just looking for a chance
To sacrifice everything, to make a difference
But we’ve got lives and problems that we say we’ve got to deal with first
So we water down the Gospel as the world dies of thirst

Put your words away ‘cause no one cares about your two cents
All your talk is cheap it never cost you anything
So dirty your hands, get on your knees, and wash someone else’s feet
Then you might really find what it means to live


THE STORY:
There once was a place called Beggartown. Everyone there was poor. They weren’t the kind of beggars that annoyed you but the kind that made you sad. All day long they would wander around looking for food to fill their crying bellies. They would do whatever it took to eat. One guy even ate a boat. Every morning they would wake up and be hungry again. So day, after day, after day, after day they would do the same thing: wake up, find food, eat it, and then go to sleep. Feeding themselves was all they knew but it never made them happy.

Then one day a really nice man came into town with a cow that he loved very much and gave it to all the people of Beggartown. So they ate it. And after one bite they were full. Like really really full. In fact, they were so full they were never hungry again. I heard that a couple people, although they were full, kept eating food like they used to…and died. Everyone else that was alive in the town became really excited but then didn’t know what to do because they didn’t have to spend all day looking for food anymore. So they called a town meeting and elected the nice man with the now deceased cow that he liked a lot to be mayor of Beggartown. They elected the man not the cow. As the new mayor of Beggartown, the man was loved and admired. He would have even been given the key to the city but someone ate it several years back. So instead the people of Beggartown told the man that they would do for him whatever he asked for as long as they lived. It was the first time in the history of Beggartown that anyone did anything for anyone other then themselves. The man was very pleased.

The Beggartownies started building things together like new schools, gymnasiums, and all-glass racquetball courts (so everyone could watch.) They even put indoor plumbing and fancy water closets in their neighbor’s homes- which I thought was kind of ironic because they were never going to eat food again. But it made them all very happy. So the people of Beggartown lived the rest of their days for the man with the special cow…and were satisfied.


FROM HAGGAI:
After the story of Beggartown was written we found that it was almost the exact outline of the book of Haggai. Haggai 1:2-11 says-

A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “The people procrastinate. They say this isn’t the right time to rebuild my Temple, the Temple of God. How is it that it’s the ‘right time’ for you to live in your fine new homes while the Home, God’s Temple, is in ruins? “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over. You have spent a lot of money, but you haven’t much to show for it. You keep filling your plates, but you never get filled up. You keep drinking and drinking and drinking, but you’re always thirsty. You put on layer after layer of clothes, but you can’t get warm. And the people who work for you, what are they getting out of it? Not much— a leaky, rusted-out bucket, that’s what.

That’s why God-of-the-Angel-Armies said: “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over.” Then God said: “Here’s what I want you to do: Climb into the hills and cut some timber. Bring it down and rebuild the Temple. Do it just for me. Honor me. You’ve had great ambitions for yourselves, but nothing has come of it. The little you have brought to my Temple I’ve blown away—there was nothing to it. “And why?” (This is a Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, remember.) “Because while you’ve run around, caught up with taking care of your own houses, my Home is in ruins. That’s why. Because of your stinginess.”

The story goes on telling of how the people of Judah finally began to rebuild the Temple of God and were soon blessed beyond what they could imagine. Their crops started producing again and the Temple was filled with the glory of God once again!

THE MISSION:
So as we began to see the truth being spoken through the lyrics of “Beggartown”, the Beggartown story, and the words in Haggai we started to see and sense the parallels to not only our own lives but also to the church and to all people in general. So out of the story and song a mission was birthed: a mission to invite all people to live sacrificially as the people of Beggartown and as the people spoken about in Haggai. We are all the these people- quick to focus on ourselves and our own houses while the work and the church of God is yet to be finished. We are living our own small stories with small visions and dreams while we have been invited to join God’s story. Beggartown exists to be a megaphone to every ear that invites all people to stop worrying about the vain and pointless matters of our temporal lives and to focus their hearts and hands to the eternal work of God and His kingdom. Jesus has called us to live giving lives. It is in giving, we receive; and in dying, we will finally find life.