Mission Central made its yearly report to the Susquehanna Annual Conference last week. The Susquehanna Annual Conference is the parent 501 c 3 (GuideStar) under which Mission Central (MC) operates.
Ms. Marsha Fisher was introduced as the recipient of the 2015 Harry Overholtzer Volunteer of the Year Award. Marsha is the outgoing Board of Director’s President, past VP of the Board of Manager’s, weekly auditor, speaker and long time volunteer and advocate for Mission Central.
Mr Overholzter was on hand to present the award. (Harry Overholtzer was the first Director of Mission Central and for whom the award is named.) The remainder of the report was dedicated to launching the 2015-2016 Mission Central Capital Campaign “An Unfolding Story”.
Utilizing the newly created Mission Central An Unfolding Story promotional video, Rob Visscher, MC Exec Director, introduced the capital campaign.
He reported to the Annual Conference that local church benevolent giving is up from 24% two years ago to 34%. For this, Visscher expressed gratitude to the churches. The Director outlined the goals of the campaign and indicated prayer would be vital to its success.
Each week MC will publish a weekly devotional over which persons are invited to pray every Wednesday at noon for Mission Central and this effort to retire debt, facility repair and mission expansion. [SIGN UP FOR WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL] Visscher said, “By the power of prayer next year I will stand here and report to you that our mortgage is retired! —-That we have made facilities improvements and mission expansion is underway!”
The report went on to thank Bishop Park for his support and effort to “Imagine no Mortgage” for Mission Central. Several churches and individuals have already made donations and commitments. Every pastor and lay representative was encouraged to speak to their church about the campaign.
Mission Central will be training additional speakers to go and speak to churches about participating in this effort. [Click Here for training info] Visscher concluded the report with, “Prayerfully consider your part in an unfolding story of Mission Central. Thank you.” [Donate Now]
During the conference Mission Central collected shoes and offered an opportunity for persons to help process the shoes. Mission Central began collecting through the Mission Central HUB Network and at Conference. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 pairs of shoes have been collected. Nearly 4,000 pairs were processed at conference. The shoes must be paired, banded, and bagged 25 pair per bag. The shoes will go to Funds2Orgs which will help to establish micro-businesses around the world.
Mission Central continues to be a vital mission touching nearly two million lives annually. This organization is poised to continue successfully reaching so many with donated materials and maintaining its faithful stewardship with a small staff and thousands of volunteers each year.