2007 Stateside Mission Trip

“Coming Soon-Grant County Church of Christ�

by Dennis Nosal

Matthew 9:37-38 �Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers unto his Harvest.�

The next Stateside Mission trip is currently planned to begin June 8 and end after Wednesday night services on June 13. We should all be looking forward to this trip for a number of reasons. The opportunity to help Lehman Avenue Church of Christ plant a church where one doesn�t currently exist should really excite all of us. But every trip has been a great boost to the faith of those that participated and maybe for reasons you wouldn�t expect. We�re encouraged by the new Christian friends we meet and by the work that is accomplished. But the greatest encouragement we receive comes from the people of Mt. Juliet Church of Christ that turn out to help in the campaign.

The encouragement comes from the diversity of those who turn out to campaign for Christ. There are the teens that could have said, �Summers are for having fun with my friends and not for working for the Lord�. But there you�ll find teens working hard campaigning for Christ. There are the 20 and 30 somethings that are busy raising a family. Their days are certainly full with responsibilities to their family. No one would blame them for not coming to a campaign. But you always see several who have sacrificed time away from family to serve the Lord. There are the 40 and 50 somethings that are in the peak of their careers. They have important responsibilities. How will their work place survive without them? Yet there they are taking the time to invite strangers to study the Bible. Then there are the 60, 70 and yes even the 80 somethings who could easily have said; �I�ve done my part. I�ve worked hard and now it�s time for me to relax.� Yet even though their joints hurt with arthritis, they�re out on the hot summer streets walking with a smile on their faces offering a friendly invitation to study the Bible with anyone who will listen. I hope you�ll make plans to join us this year. Pray for Grant County Church of Christ, Jerry Carmichael their minister and the elders of Lehman Avenue Church of Christ who oversee this work.