By Terri Brannin, Missions Chair
So many opportunities for mission work are just around the corner! The Work Area on Missions has diligently been working on churchwide mission opportunities for months.
During the Mission Fair on May 4, you’ll be able to see and participate in some of those opportunities. Here’s a brief overview:
Monthly Second Saturday Missions is growing in numbers. In April, our crew tilled and planted the Restore Hope Ministries’ gardens that will provide hundreds of families with fresh vegetables this summer. Kali Alger is in charge of Second Saturdays and is the mission coordinator for Journey Class. Kali works with youth and adults in missions. The Second Saturday grew out of Downtown for Good (DT4G) and Jim Embrey and Neal Pascoe saw it to fruition.
Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) created a database for disaster teams to call on in an emergency. ARK II was developed to help with monthly needs of our members, and with outside projects. ARK II help can be requested by filling out a yellow sheet by the Prayer Request cards in the sanctuary - then drop it in the Prayer Request box.
Our international and national subcommittees are hosting two international and two U.S. mission trips in 2015. One team will go to Bolivia as part of our Oklahoma Conference’s covenant partnership with them. A second team will go to Colombia. Diana Bayona, a true advocate for missions, is going with the youth to Bolivia, with the medical team to Bolivia in June, 2015, then to Colombia. These missions will be open to all who want to apply.
A team will go to Lydia Patterson Institute this fall. The Rev. Wiggs will lead this mission October 16-19. (Fall Break) This is a family friendly mission and we can take up to 40 people, so let’s get behind our senior pastor and show him we are about missions. There will be two more 2015 missions - one at Cookson Hills and another yet to be determined.
Our Mission Fair theme, “WHY MISSIONS,” will focus on upcoming local, national and international treks. We will explain why we do missions and our history of involvement. There will be items you can buy to support these missions.
Our local mission committee will showcase areas of need for Burroughs, Restore Hope, etc. We will also ask church members to bring canned food for the Food Bank that day.
July Mission Emphasis Month will have a new twist this year. We will be gathering items for the Cookson Hills Snack Program, then we will have two fun activities for everyone to enjoy to support missions at Boston Avenue. Our support allow those who want to go on missions to be successful in that endeavor.
Downtown for Good is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 4th. We will have lunch in Jubilee Hall, then go out to do mission work. There’s also a secret contest for Sunday School Classes to participate in. Stay TUNED in!