Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. We are really trying to take Jesus serious here at First-Centenary. We have been doing some good stuff in Romania, helped support a ministry in Honduras, we are sending a group to Costa Rica, and the youth are in that foreign land known as South Carolina (I am not completely sure if that counts as Samaria, but both start with an S).
These are great things. We also give money to Family Promise, Partnership, Prison Ministry, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Volunteers in Medicine, Room In the Inn, UTC Wesley Center, Bethlehem Center, the J. H. Henry YMCA, Henderson Settlement, and help support Harry Howe and Ray Zirkel as missionaries. And of course, we have an awesome ministry here throughout the week in our Centenary program. Not too shabby. But, I am always reminded of what businessman Oskar Schindler is credited as saying when he was looked to as a hero in saving many Jewish people’s lives in Germany during WWII – “I could have done more.”
Could have done more? Can we do more? Well, that’s up to you. First, I encourage us to continue to support the missions that we already do. Continue to support them financially and also look for ways to get more involved on a personal level. Volunteering time and talents you have could be used in these missions.
Secondly, speaking of volunteering, Matt and Tiffany Phillips are getting us back into overnight hosting with Family Promise the week of July 21-28. I bet they could use your help. Check out the ways you can get involved.
Thirdly, because everything from a preacher is supposed have 3 points, let’s consider getting involved with Habitat for Humanity again. There are ways you can do that until someone takes that ministry by the reigns again. Donate to the Restore or buy from it. Check with them and see how you can help. It is a much needed ministry in trying to provide affordable housing in today’s market.
And finally, I know I am over the preacher quota, if you know of other missions we do or we could consider getting involved in, let one of your pastors know. Or talk to the Mission Committee on how we can help you get that mission started. There are a lot of people out there that still aren’t disciples yet. Let’s keep going to as many places and reach as many people as we can.
Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 3:24 PM EDT