“10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:10-14 NIV)
Late in the winter of 2013, I was searching for some different projects that would involve our youth in meaningful ways. I was visiting the UMCOR website and read about Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
We live in NW New Jersey which is about three hours from Mission Central. It sounded like such a great place! I decided to plan a day trip to Mission Central so our group could volunteer for a few hours. I called and Rob Visscher, the Executive Director, answered the phone. I explained where I was and our interest in volunteering at Mission Central.
He asked if we lived near Franklin, NJ. I told him we were about 15 minutes from Franklin. He shared with me that they had a person who owned a warehouse in Franklin who wanted to donate 5000 sq. feet to local churches and charities to do outreach/mission work. How exciting!
I said my church would love to be involved. After a few phone calls and meetings with the owner and several other church representatives in my area, we decided to become a HUB for Mission Central. We named our HUB “Skylands Outreach Depot”. We have had as many as 12 churches of various denominations involved and continue to grow. There is no doubt that God brought us all together. If I hadn’t made that phone call almost 2 years ago, we would not have this wonderful opportunity for ministry in our area. It is so exciting to think about all the people we can help by working together in our Mission Central HUB.
PRAYER: Creator God, thank you for creating this wonderful world and giving us life, breath and the ability to serve You faithfully. We are humbled by Your over-arching plan and purpose for our lives and service to others. Give us ears to hear Your still small voice, eyes to see clearly and hearts willing to respond in faith. We pray Your blessing upon the continuously unfolding ministry of Mission Central and the Mission Central Hubs. AMEN.
(Jane Stillings, Skylands Outreach Depot HUB)
December 30, 2015 A HUB is Born (downloadable .pdf)