“Last week, Mercy Hill really exceeded our expectations. Several nights after the group left, all I could do was sit in my office and cry. I was so full of joy and still am right now. Thank you so much Mercy Hill.”
This is just one response from an organization that Mercy Hill partnered with for this Serve Week. I had the privilege of being on-site at six of the fifteen+ organizations and experienced first-hand all of the hard work that was put in. Witnessing members of Mercy Hill Church working alongside each other, laughing, joking, working, and praying was amazing. When you see all the need that exists in the world, sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed. God doesn’t ask us to do everything, but he asks us to do something. Serve Week is that “something” for so many of us. We have an opportunity to get out into the community and serve people.
It’s not because of any one person; it’s because so many people caught the vision of what it means to be a part of something so much larger than themselves. They have embraced the idea that, “I can do something.” Last week, fifty-three Community Groups put in over one hundred hours of manpower across the Triad. There was no job that was too big or too small for our groups. From writing encouraging notes to teachers to repainting classrooms, Mercy Hill was willing to do it all!
Serve Week is just an extension of what we are supposed to do every day—love one another by serving one another. Our daily task is not about serving those less fortunate at places like Jackson Middle School, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Out of the Garden, Act Together, and so many others, but in the everyday interactions with people who need to experience God’s love at our jobs, in our neighborhoods, at the gym etc.
Serve Week gives us an opportunity to focus on what’s closest to us in proximity. We can’t fix all the problems, but we can do something about the problems in our own city by making connections with people, by loving our neighbors, and by loving people down the street from us.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” -Romans 12:9-13
-Will Ferguson (Associate Director of Community Outreach)