“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
During the Task Force’s developmental year, June 2001 through June 2002, the name “MISSION CENTRAL” was selected for the warehouse that the Building Committee was asked to design.
MISSION CENTRAL would be the center of mission activity in the Central Pennsylvania region. The Task Force broke into three committees to do their work. The Building Committee worked closely with an architect, sought advice and ideas from local warehouse managers and worked tirelessly to develop the best and most practical building possible, while keeping costs under control.
The Program Committee identified three key expectations: Mission Central would be a location where people could engage in mission outreach, disaster response and mission education. (1) The centralized location of Mission Central would help the Conference combine and unify mission outreach efforts. (2) Mission Central would be a place for mission trip equipment storage, as well as a staging area for mission teams helping in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. (3) Mission Central would offer missionaries a place to share information about the needs of the people in the places they serve and offer ways to support missionary work.
The Prayer Committee continued in earnest prayer, asking God to guide and inspire the Task Force in the work of designing a place to launch the important mission and ministry Bishop Neil Irons envisioned.
By April of 2002, a plan was ready! A promising design for a warehouse had been drawn up. It would meet all the projected needs: plenty of warehouse space, a kitchen and cafeteria, a meeting area and an administrative office area. Restrooms and an overnight dormitory-style facility were also included. An undeveloped plot of land located adjacent to the Conference Office was for sale and was viewed as a perfect location for Mission Central! The Task Force gave a collective sigh. After nine months of faithful prayer, many meetings and diligent work, the design for Mission Central appeared to be complete. The stage was set for the June 2002 report to Annual Conference.
PRAYER: Creator God, we enjoy ourselves immensely when You allow us to work beside You in tasks which challenge us to move into areas we’ve not yet approached. Thank You for always being with us, paving the way and guiding us toward success. We ask You to continue using us to bring about Your Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.
(Sue Higgins-Original Task Force and First President of the Board of Directors)
July 1, 2015 Mission Central in the Beginning (downloadable pdf)