Mission opportunities were abundant at General Assembly, and Assembly goers responded in force! Thanks to all who stepped up and offered your time and talents in service. A special thanks to Brooks Barrick, local missions coordinator, and his team for enabling these service opportunities and to Brenda Tyler, DHM Ministry Associate, for her support. Disciples were busy during GA, making an impact on Indianapolis as we answered the call to Get Dirty for Jesus Together! High school youth served breakfast at two Ronald McDonald houses on Sunday morning. Middle school youth assembled 120 backpacks for area homeless. 82 Disciples donated blood. More than 22,000 pounds of potatoes were sorted for distribution through the local food bank. A 3 bedroom house was framed and stood up in less than five hours inside the Convention Center, then taken down and transported to a local home site where it will be completed in the coming weeks. Youth spread mulch (in the rain!) at a local elementary school. Over the course of two shifts, several hundred pounds of food was sorted at Gleaners Food Bank. In the convention center, Disciples also learned about Bread for the World and wrote letters advocating for food security; knit more than 200 hats for babies; and made 90 hero capes for premature babies in a local NICU. More than 428 Disciples were involved in these acts of service. In addition, Disciples Women donated and assembled 290 health kits and tied quilts for immigrants and refugees. Disciples truly made an impact on Indianapolis and beyond as they served in Mission!
As an aside: due to the popularity of the Mission Servant t-shirts, we have reopened sales – they are available here, for a limited time.