Take a look at the picture. Our six back2school partners churches are represented, and if you’d spend a few minutes with us, you’d agree that it really does takes all kinds. We are different, but we have similar vision. We have different gifts, but we have a single mission. We even disagree at times, but we can accomplish more together than we can than we can a part.
(left to right) Adam is the youth pastor from Danville, VA’s First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Kirk is the pastor of Fairway Baptist Church in the Fairystone area of Bassett. Jonathan is the new pastor at Axton’s Mt. Calvary PH Church. I am the lead pastor of The Community Fellowship in Collinsville. Johnny is the pastor of operations at Mercy Crossing in Martinsville. Wait! Missing from the picture is Carl who is the pastor of CrossPoint Church in Bassett. This is an awesome group. Some are Baptist. Another is from the Church of God. Two are Pentecostal. This is a great, different and incredible group of people.
This coming weekend we will with great skill and huge passion serve over 2,000 students and their families. Hundreds of volunteers have committed to being part of the back2school team to serve students, and many on the team will have the opportunity to pray with students from preschool through high school. This outreach will change lives. It has the potential to impact many students. I am sure that many of our team of volunteers will be changed forever. All that will happen because a group of people got together to do something as the family of God to share the love of God with our community.
As I think about what we are going to experience I am overwhelmed with the goodness and the greatness of God. Some of these people have never been a part of this event. Some of them have several two or more years. But all are ready to this together. Together we really are stronger. In our meetings to prepare for this event we have seen that it takes all kinds, and that fact makes us much stronger and gives us the ability to do much more.
Ephesians 4:16 NLT
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Philippians 2:2 NLT
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
God put us together. Today I was asked about how God brought us together, and it amazed me again at how God sought and connected those who are involved. One connection happened over a political conversation. Another connection was through a mutual friend that shared what had happened in the past. Another connection was through one church’s experience to another church that wants to experience this outreach and touch their community. One of the newest partners seemed to come out of nowhere, and it has been so awesome to watch it all come together.
We aren’t working together because we have to. We are working together because God connected us together, and we are all reminded that God has a sense of humor. We are also reminded that in God’s plan it takes all kinds. We will impact these students from across our region with some things that will help them get ready for school, we pray help them see that God has a great plan for their future!
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Ephesians 4:4 NLT
For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
Pray with me for what will happen this Friday as we serve special needs students and their families and then on Saturday as we serve thousands of students. This is going to be awesome, real awesome. And I acknowledge the fact that it takes all kinds and that will give God even more glory!