Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go; first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to the next-door neighbor. — Mother Teresa
This past weekend I had the privilege to participate in the annual Mission Celebration at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. They’re a group of folks that would bring a smile to Mother Teresa’s face.
I had been a workshop leader at last year’s Celebration so I was excited to have the opportunity to join the congregation once again. Last year’s event was so thoroughly impressive I couldn’t imagine it could be better this year. I was wrong. This year’s Mission Celebration was even better than last year’s.
Hundred of folks interested, engaged and excited about mission opportunities spent Friday afternoon through Sunday in workshops, seminars and presentations describing all the mission work in which the First Broad Street United Methodist Church is actively involved.
I spoke several times during the weekend. The church was filled with displays of mission and ministry and there were several large rooms of fair-trade crafts from church mission partners both abroad and here in the US.
One of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the Stop Hunger meal packaging event where everyone joined together to package over 20,000 meals in only 90 minutes. Everyone was overwhelmed at the ease of accomplishing such a feat and touched at the impact their effort would make on behalf of hungry school kids in Haiti. I am sure that more meals will be packaged at next year’s Celebration.
The members of First Broad Street United Methodist Church understand that they have the power to change the world. The congregation is actively involved in dozens of missions. They are working in numerous locations in their own city of Kingsport. But they are also touching lives through their mission outreach in other areas of Tennessee, North Carolina and in the far corners of the world such as South Sudan.
First Broad Street United Methodist Church gets it. They aren’t satisfied with just writing checks. They have a heart for missions that’s as big as the world and they are spreading God’s love everywhere they go.