(Exodus 15:11 NRSV)
After being open only five years, there were many who felt called to volunteer at Mission Central. Some were traveling long distances, which involved time and expense. As these concerns emerged, the concept of establishing “mini-Mission Centrals” was born and seemed to be the direction in which God was leading us.
The first HUB was established in Altoona on April 1, 2007. As of March 1, 2015, there are 29 HUBs in 7 states—all unique, but working together to connect God’s resources with human need. Each HUB is working in coordination with Mission Central, making disaster relief kits, as well as doing outreach ministry in their community.
There is no doubt that God is blessing the HUBs, not only with growth, but also in the way the connection between Mission Central and each HUB functions like a two-way street. The HUB brings donations to Mission Central and Mission Central often sends supplies to the HUBs for use in their outreach ministry.
A good example of this reciprocal connection occurred when Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast and the Good Shepherd Hub in Northfield, NJ (HUB #15) became a front line responder. Mission Central funneled donations from the Mechanicsburg warehouse, directly to the Northfield HUB for direct distribution to those in need.
I stand in awe of the way God has led and directed Mission Central and the development of the HUBs. I trust God to lead Mission Central into the future.
PRAYER: Loving God, You are constantly revealing your plans and providing for Your work at Mission Central–Your Warehouse of Wonders. Please use us to be Your hands and feet in mission. AMEN.
(Jean Norris, Mission Central HUB Committee Chairperson)
August 5, 2015 Creation of the HUB Network (downloadable pdf)