Last year we began a practice that sent us into a portion of our community that struggles and exists on the brink of poverty. We mowed lawns for elderly people. We brought food to families. We also conducted several home repairs, some quite extensive, at our expense with our own labor force. We called it Mission Possible because we believed it was possible to reach our and plant our footprints in the community and make a difference.
We are calling it Mission Possible again because we believe it is still possible to make a difference. Some of those who participated last year (about 90 of us) reflected on the efforts made and said things like, “I didn’t know people had this kind of need right here in our community.” “What a blessing it was, personally, to help others in need.” “How can we do this kind of thing more often?” “Why didn’t we see this before?” We had an eye opening experience.
Efforts like Mission Possible aren’t intended to replace personal responsibility. The big effort we make as a church is aimed to encourage ongoing mission efforts in our lives throughout the rest of the year. Doing good in your neighborhood or workplace individually, making some special efforts to serve others with your Home Bible Study group, or taking your family to do a work of service are the kinds of results Mission Possible hopes to instill in your lifestyle.
Several from our congregation have shared their stories with me regarding the help they have been able to share with others over the past year. Some were already in the habit of helping; others indicated they were inspired to help because they had participated in the Garage Give Away or Mission Possible events we have hosted. The stories encourage me and make me want to do more to bless others.
We are hosting Mission Possible again this year. I’m excited about it. Several of you have contributed food and/or money to support the effort. Your contributions will be a blessing to some folks in our community. We will share what we have and perhaps some people will go to bed for a few nights less worried about their struggles. Some might go to bed without that hungry feeling in their gut. Some might thank God for the first time in years or perhaps just for the first time. Who knows what good God will bring from efforts like this?
We want your participation in Mission Possible. We want you to give some money to help make an impact on some lives. We want you to bring some food to share. We want you to come and assemble the food boxes. Want you to come and deliver the food to the families we are helping. And we want you to share your talents in home repair as we go out and replace window, fix gutters, repair handrails, fix leaks, and whatever else we choose to work on.
But we want more. We are a church on a mission. Anyone can get up some food and share it. Anyone can collect some money and fix some stuff. But the church does so in the name of Jesus. We want you to help in the name of Jesus. (Read Matthew 25:31-46) We want you to participate with an eye for building relationships with those who have yet to hear or obey the good news of salvation in Christ alone. So, partner with each other to advance the kingdom of God and pray for God to bless the mission. ~ Sam