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Be On Mission: First full day in Joplin, MO

July 27th, 2011 at 8:19 am

On May 22nd, an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri resulting in widespread death and destruction. In response, Texas Baptists is sending a team of about 160 volunteers to meet the needs of residents there. Follow the team by reading field reports from Elizabeth Biedrzycki on texasbaptists.org/share, Facebook, and Twitter. This mission opportunity is the first in a series of projects soon to be available at beonmission.org, Texas Baptists’ online global missions locator.

On Monday night Christians from all around Texas gathered together at Galena Assembly of God to gear up for a full week of service.  Each team leader was given an opportunity to talk about why they decided to join our disaster relief team and introduce each of their volunteers.  It was a humbling moment to listen to each of their hearts for serving others and eagerness to get out there and start working.  God has obviously begun a work in the hearts of these volunteers.

Yesterday was the first full day in Joplin working with several wonderful organizations and ministries in the area to reach out to the people here who are still hurting as a result of the tornadoes.  Watching all of these different churches made up of volunteers of all ages work together to serve a community that has experienced so much pain reveals to me what the body of Christ is called to be.

Three eighteen-wheelers delivered school supplies so the Pioneer Distribution Center for the children in Joplin on Monday afternoon.  These supplies were collected by a church down in South Texas.  Yesterday we worked to organize and get these supplies ready for distribution.  It was an incredibly encouraging feeling to know that churches that weren’t on this trip with us were also loving on the Joplin community from afar.

Joplin is covered with memories that can haunt the lives of individuals and families that live here.  But the love of Christ is present.  Hopefully we will be able to reflect that love to others this week.  Please keep checking in on how things are going in Joplin.  We are also on Facebook and Twitter (TXB_BeOnMission).

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