“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…”
(Philippians 2:3-5 NRSV)
They come throughout the week, accompanied by an aide or a parent. Young adults, most of them male, complete very simple tasks: sweeping, dry mopping, breaking down cardboard boxes, counting clothes pins and plastic bags for cleaning buckets, taping labels to cans, moving pallets and making candy kits. One volunteer works with Computer Ministries. The majority have autism. Some have challenges focusing.
All come through the doors of Mission Central and are greeted by a staff who welcome them and thank them for their service. In some places, the doors would be closed to them. At Mission Central the doors are open.
The doors of Mission Central also open wide to young men and women who need community service as a result of assignment by the District Court next door. In addition, High school students are looking for places to fulfill their graduation requirement for community service and they find a welcome at Mission Central.
There are so many tasks that need to be completed in the warehouse and every volunteer is valuable. The Mission Central staff members are especially appreciative of the energy and strength that these young people bring. It does not matter what their abilities or limitations may be. We are grateful that they come and find a safe, secure space in which to share their time, talents and energy.
PRAYER: We thank you, gracious God, for this place called Mission Central, a place where all can come to share their gifts and in service to You and others. You receive us as we are and call out the very best in us. Create in us grateful hearts for the doors which are open to us and others. In the Master’s name. AMEN.
(Rev. Ruth Ward, Mission Central Mission Education Coordinator)
March 2, 2016 A Place For Everyone (downloadable .pdf)