“It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.” (Galatians 5:13-14 MSG)
The majority of work in the Bentley Springs UMC Mission Central HUB and Disaster Relief Center takes place in a room called “The Upper Room.” In this room, our steering committee meets monthly to share in fellowship together as we discuss the business of the HUB. In this room, volunteers do their work, which includes accepting UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) Disaster Relief Kit items, assembling, verifying and packing Kits for transport to Mission Central. Our awesome pool of volunteers gives generously of their time and talents and in our work together, we have experienced many “God Moments”.
Last December, we were asked to provide 200 Health Kits for distribution to the homeless. Our supplies were low, but we requested Kits from other HUBs and Mission Central. Unfortunately, we found that their supplies were also low. We immediately reached out to our volunteers, our church families and the community to let them know of our plight. Within the span of 14 days, we received enough supplies to assemble 200 Health Kits. Thanks to God, we were able to meet our need!
As we approach our HUB’s 4th anniversary, we have begun the second half of our mission ministry by offering Early Response Team training. Volunteers receive instruction and certification through UMCOR, learning how to respond to natural disasters.
Early Responders are trained to enter a disaster site prepared to work hard rebuilding what has been destroyed. The work requires many tools and special equipment. Our HUB’s next goal is to provide those tools and store them in a trailer, acquired specifically for this purpose. Presently, we are storing the Bowie HUB’s trailer, which is fully equipped and “ready-to-go.” Early Responders can come to our HUB, which will serve as a launching site, hook-up to the trailer and head to their assigned disaster area.
Bentley Springs UMC Mission Central HUB and Disaster Relief Center is humbled by the opportunity to do His work, as we continue to fulfill our purpose of “Connecting God’s Resources With Human Need”.
(Janet Denbow, Bentley Springs UMC Mission Central HUB and Disaster Relief Center, Parkton, MD)
October 21, 2015 The HUBs Help Unfold The Story (downloadable .pdf)