Today in Small Group communication class we were lucky enough to have Mrs. Misty Scott (wife of Glenn Scott – ETBU IT extraordinaire!) from Mission Marshall come to talk with us about some service the groups in class could participate in this semester.
I thought it was AWESOME!
She explained so much about their history and vision that I didn’t know. I’m thinking you might not know it either, so allow me to share!
Mission Marshall Facts:
- Mission Marshall has only been operational for 2 years.
- They partner with many other non-profits around the area like the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry, the Faith Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross.
- One of their biblical inspirations comes from Jeremiah 29, Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon, which encourages them to make the most of the land God has sent them to inhabit.
Wow! What an inspiring woman! What an inspiring program!
She explained to us that the city of Marshall has a 25% poverty rate, and though we have many churches/organizations trying to help, there is still a lot to be done.
Mission Marshall seeks to help people along the way, create relationships with them, and show them how to help themselves, all by showing them the love that Christ has for them.
They have seemingly a million different programs, but some of the highlights are their Jobs for Life class, the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and a Food Pantry that even provides PRODUCE twice each month!
(If you’ve ever found a tomato or peach at the back of your fridge that’s even 1 day too old, you can imagine how difficult it is to collect and distribute such perishable foods!)
So besides offering more services than your average non-profit, what was so captivating about Mrs. Scott’s presentation and Mission Marshall?
Much more than just a food pantry, relationships are their number one priority. (Click to Tweet)
Their main purpose is to treat every individual as a person and not just someone who “needs help.” They seek to help people help themselves, and to help them realize God is there to help them too.
Why is this such a new idea? Helping the whole person and not just their one need – sounds like an obvious solution!
But how quick are we to zero in on one problem and fix it as fast as possible? We pat ourselves on the back for “serving,” and then just move on to the next project.
But people in this city need our help. (Click to Tweet)
Churches do a great job of feeding the hungry, at least for a time. But there is a greater need.
What about self-fulfillment? What about friendship? What about love? What about God?
What kind of poverty are we really fixing here?
I am so excited to see how the students in Small Group Communication will work to serve this city this semester! There are some great ideas already, and we have only just gotten started.
I know I am motivated to be more involved, and I hope you are too!
Saving our city and our neighbors is really a pretty selfish mission. Don’t you want to live in a nice place, with nice people?
But, thankfully, it’s also God’s mission for us.
And I know we are already making progress. We can make an impact on this mission!
After all, God does not know the word impossible.