July 28, 2020 by Jay Helms
From the beginning, Echo was set up as a way to emphasize that the chief responsibility of a Christian is to be an Echo of Jesus, to do and say the things Jesus does and says. Echo was originally established as Echo Community Foundation in order to work as an umbrella for a variety of efforts to “Echo” the life, work, and words of Jesus.
Of all of the scriptures that speak to this, a favorite is John 12:49, “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” So Echo is our attempt to repeat the words and actions of Jesus.
This requires an ongoing openness to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Of the many things we have done since forming in 2011, we have hosted Bible Studies, community gatherings, outreach efforts, raised money for Water is Life International, served in the White Plains Food Pantry, and Echo Academy for education. Currently we find ourselves prioritizing the work of telling ministry stories via video production and our basketball outreach. The conversations and relationships generated by the basketball outreach and video story telling have been inspiring. They have both led to an increased number of opportunities to share Christ with people who are not in church.
Below are several videos which tell the stories of the work we have been a part of recently as we seek to Echo Jesus with our lives.