18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV)
I was privileged to serve as a District Superintendent under the leadership of Bishop Neil L. Irons, who has a passion for mission and ministry.
He understands that we cannot do ministry without being involved in mission and felt that it would be a great benefit to have a central location for mission education and hands-on-ministry. It was an exciting vision and a daunting task.
Bishop Irons often said, “We tend to think smaller than God does.” Acting on that belief, he formed a task force to make recommendations for establishing a centralized center for mission and ministry.
Plans were formed and recommendations made, and one day the Bishop and Cabinet were invited to tour the warehouse that was the proposed site for Mission Central. I stood in that vast empty warehouse and I was filled with wonder. I wondered what in the world would fill those empty shelves. What lives would be touched by what filled the shelves? What other ways could we reach out to touch people at their point of need? I prayed that if this was the direction God was calling us, that God would grant us the courage and wisdom we needed to make the space a place of hope and blessing for others.
PRAYER: O God, forgive our thoughts when they underestimate Your power through which nothing is impossible. We thank You for the blessing that Mission Central brings to so many in different ways. Give us the humility to continue to serve faithfully in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
(Rev. Sharonn Rose Davis Halderman-Retired UMC pastor and Mission Central volunteer)
July 15, 2015 Endless Possibilities (downloadable pdf)