Local Missions Spotlight

Local Missions Spotlight

The Local Missions Committee (LMC) met in January to review the Angel Tree from December and preview the visit of Robin Hassler Thompson from Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center on January 15. Committee members then gave presentations on five possible mission projects for the future, and two were selected to move forward now.

Molly Lord, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend (BBBS), will address our worship services for a Mission Moment on February 19 about the organization and the current pressing need for men to serve as mentors. BBBS is a well-known organization in this community, and we look forward to working with them in trying to fill this need. We were saddened to hear they have stopped accepting applications from children as they have a large backlog of already interviewed and approved “Littles” waiting for matches. Please be prayerfully considering whether this might be your opportunity to serve in our community.

The committee also decided to move forward in forming a “HOME Team” to work with the local branch of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in settling refugees in our community. Our team will be made up of 8-15 members who will “adopt” one family and assist in many ways—from helping to furnish their first apartment to tutoring them in English. There will be screening and training, and a six-month commitment will be required. We are excited about this opportunity and encourage you to get in touch with Daniel Diaz, our team leader, if you think this might be a good fit for your service in the community. Daniel can be reached at dfd09@my.fsu.edu.

February also marks the celebration of Bear Sunday. Start purchasing those darling stuffed bears that counselors and law enforcement officers will use to comfort those in crisis! Bears will be collected on Sunday, February 19, the Sunday after Valentine’s Day. (Maybe there will be a sale on stuffed bears after the holiday!)

The Local Missions Committee is busy and getting busier. Many more missions are being explored. If you have an interest in local missions, please contact Pat at bevis.pat@gmail.com or Lyn at 352-804-0441. We would love to talk to you about getting involved.