Note: This post was originally a speech given by Shelby, a Southside UMC member and active participant in our Student Ministries and mission initiatives.
It takes one spark to start a fire and missions are one way to spread the flame and share your light.
It can be as simple as a smile or as complex as serving in a different country. As I have grown up, God has put many missions on my heart, these have included hosting Bible camps at my house, leading a school Bible Study, HAPI tutoring, helping at Humble Harvest, handing out manna bags, and leading prayer at the pole.
For those of you that don't know, HAPI is a great way for middle and high school students to serve others by tutoring kindergarten – third grade students at Hendricks Avenue. Humble Harvest is a community outreach where those in need can receive items such as clothing, food, and hygiene products.
Some of these events take more courage than others, but they all require a heart willing to serve. After going to any of these outreaches, I feel happy and renewed. It makes me wonder if doing missions has affected me more than others. I didn't have to travel the world, I just needed to look at my community.
Everywhere you go, there is someone in need of being touched, and it is so amazing to be part of Gods plan.
Prayer at the Pole is a global day of prayer that I organized for my school last year. I was nervous, but I was told that it would be ok. My parents supported me the whole time and reminded me of the reason I was doing this. I want to encourage any parents who have children interested in missions. Feed the fire and reap the benefits of a heart change. Acts chapter 1 verse 8 says "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth." If your not sure about missions, pray about it. It can be difficult to share your story, but God calls us to share the good news. Romans chapter 10 verses 13-14 say "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they can believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
Missions have changed my heart and my look on life. So go out into the community and be missionaries to your neighbors.
If you have any questions about how to get involved in the missions, please contact us and we'll help you get connected with current mission opportunities.