Steve Reed (Co-Founder)
Steve's passion is missions and helping people find true, lasting community.
Bill Burrows (Co-Founder)
Bill's passion is helping others connect in life-giving ways by seeing one another as image-bearers, not objects.
What We Believe
Play. Story. Eat. exists to initiate and develop friendships among the marginalized and forgotten peoples of the Americas in order to encourage and promote transformational relationships with Jesus, and multiplying faith communities that reflect the love of God in unity.
Every person in the Americas has a friend who loves Jesus.
Our Core Values
Love is being wholeheartedly and simultaneously responsive to the reality of God, others and ourselves.
Helpful diagnostic— Am I loving?
In relation to God:
Am I grateful instead of resentful?
Am I trusting instead of unbelieving?
Am I cooperating instead of resisting?
Am I serving instead of earning or performing?
In relation to myself:
Am I assured or full of shame?
Am I at peace or at war?
Am I self-aware or self-justifying?
Am I self-forgetful or self-focused?
In relation to others:
Am I accepting or judging?
Am I inviting or rejecting?
Am I connecting or avoiding?
Am I investing in people or using them?
2. Faith, Repentance, and Reconciliation
Christian faith is...
Belief and trust in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that enables and encourages consistent obedience, producing whole-hearted lovers of God and people.
The moment-by-moment choice of moving from resisting God to responding to God in our thoughts, emotions, actions, and relationships.
The mutual restoration of relationship that results in oneness with God, others, and ourselves.
We pursue connection with both God and each other by cultivating a culture of relational transformation.
To build friendships, we initiate and develop mutual:
- Bonds through shared life experiences
- Authenticity and openness
- Understanding through shared stories
- Trust, commitment, and investment
- Consideration and courage in our expressions of love
- Opportunities for shared joy
Agency is our freedom given by God to be able to choose our response to Him, to others, to ourselves, and to God’s creation.
We are responsible for what we think, feel, act and say in relationship to God, others, and ourselves. We recognize that every person has the ability and the opportunity to respond rather than resist, no matter what the circumstances.
We pursue unity with God, ourselves, and others—the intimate, collective, relational pursuit of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It's a sequential process.
1st. We obtain peace with God and others.
2nd. Engage with peace during conflict.
3rd. Invite to dialogue (reveal relevant info.) not debate (defend positions).
4th. Validate and respect the opinions, concerns, & expectations of others.
5th. Work to gain mutual understanding (clarity of mind, heart, & will).
6th. Ask and listen for God to express His truth, expectations, & will.
7th. Pursue a vision of oneness by choosing to align with God’s will.