These past few weeks of summer, I have been blessed to speak at various organizations. I have especially enjoyed going to different churches. First of all, I love the diversity of God’s people. I really like seeing the different architectural styles—I’m partial to older churches showing amazing craftsmanship. I’ve traveled to both small and larges ones, with services for anywhere from 25 to 350 any given Sunday. The common bond I observed was the love of God and the desire to serve others, particularly through Open Door Mission.
Secondly, I was impressed by the love I felt in each place. Imagine walking into a fairly small church and seeing 67 handmade quilts hung over every pew and then being told you get to take them all back to the Mission! I enjoyed attending a Vacation Bible School where the children had collected 150 pounds of personal care products along with hand tied flannel blankets for our Lydia House. It was more than a joy to tell these children that their compassion for others has touched my life in such a special way.
Finally, I loved being part of a greater fellowship with other Christians. My relationship with my home church is vital and nourishing for me. However, to be so lovingly embraced by so many of God’s children in so many different places was like a little piece of heaven on earth. I believe we sometimes forget how blessed we are to be a part of the whole “Church”. We are many parts of the complete body and work together to show encouragement and guidance to the lost and hopeless.
Would you like to be a part of that “whole body” that helps others? There are many ways individuals, churches, groups and organizations can do just that at Open Door Mission. Please call me today. I would love to help you make a difference in the lives of others.
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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