…”So that …you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 NRSV)
There I was, safe, secure and dry in Duncansville, PA in 2005, while Hurricane Katrina was ravaging the Gulf Coast. I was wringing my hands and asking God, “What can I do to help?”
I did not know much about Mission Central, but felt God was leading me there. My husband was traveling to Mechanicsburg regularly, so I began to go along and volunteer at Mission Central. It was amazing to see the donations come in and the trucks leave for the Gulf; to see health kits and cleaning buckets assembled and sent. What a relief to find a way to help!
After time passed and the immediate disaster responses settled down, I recognized that I was hooked on Mission Central. I asked Harry Overholtzer, Executive Director, how I could best help. He paused and said, “We really need a nurse to sort the medical donations.” I said, “I am a nurse.”
From that point through today, I regularly volunteer to sort all types of medical equipment and supplies. They are all donated by sources–individuals to hospitals–for a variety of reasons.
Once these supplies are sorted, they are distributed to local individuals who need certain supplies, to American Foundation for Children with Aids, and mostly to Project CURE, who transports items from Mission Central to Nashville. There, supplies are matched with needs in over 120 countries around the world.
What a blessing it has been for me to be a small part in Connecting God’s Resources with Human Need.
PRAYER: Thank you God for revealing what it is You want us to do. Please help us to listen to your call. AMEN.
(Jean Norris, Mission Central Volunteer)
August 19, 2015 Assisting With Medical Needs (downloadable pdf)