Last weekend we went to First United Methodist Church in Newton, Texas. The kids at John Wesley UMC, from grades 6-12, did a weekend mission trip. We built a wheelchair ramp, and did a good deal of mowing and cleanup for several people in the community. We had a Vacation Bible School for 49 kids. We worked in the Food Pantry (and Clothing Shop) of Newton, stocking and sorting. We had entertainment: A Youth Rally on Friday night, with live music, games, toys and free tee-shirts; and a movie for all ages on Saturday night, on the lawn in front of the Church, an animated feature called “Inside-Out”. Popcorn, candy and drinks for all!
May not sound like such a big deal to some; but it was a big deal to us. It was a memorable event. We get to develop personal relationships with people in the community. They love us, and we love them. Everybody is happy to be nice to each other. And the SPIRIT is moving in Newton! On Sunday morning, members of the church served the team breakfast, then we had church together, with the youth band leading the singing. At the end we had a few testimonies from people in the community who were touched by the service of our kids. No doubt, when it was over, everyone was blessed, and God was grinning!