Today, I was blessed with a Sunday school class coming out to our Mission Jackson site on Burkett Street. These fine folks are from Englewood Baptist Church and simply wanted to show the love of Jesus to our neighborhood in a tangible way. Today, that service came in the form of raking leaves, blowing leaves, knocking on doors to say hello, and share a kind word here and there. You get the picture.
This group had an awesome spirit and really enjoyed engaging the community. During our time there, I personally had the opportunity to meet a couple of the guards from the University of Memphis, Lambuth campus. I wanted to share with them what we were doing down the street. This was a fruitful conversation for reasons that I will not go into here, but the Lord may well have opened a big door for us to engage the campus there in the future. I was also able to be an encouragement to a man that I had met in the past and has a lot of burdens weighing him down right now. You know, sometimes a simple prayer and a little compassion goes a long long way. His tears were a testimony to that. Again, I will not mention names but if you are reading this, ask God to shine a powerful light of hope and truth into his household. God knows the details and names involved.
Later, some of the group visited a new area that I feel burdened about.I believe we should start a new Mission Jackson site in this place and I am currently seeking volunteers to help me make this happen. This area is a bit more difficult for a variety of reasons but the need is great. I shared a vision for a future ministry opportunity with the Englewood group. May the Lord show them what they might do to help. Below are a few photos I snapped down on Burkett with my trusty Moto G.