Love on the Mountain
You never know when a God-opportunity is going to arise. But what we do know is this: When they do, it is best to be quickly obedient to the Lord’s will and enter in the opportunity—and the blessings surrounding it!
Monday afternoon, a God-opportunity arose. I was at a planning meeting with Dave Bliss and Dino and Catherine Cates along with various County leaders and officials discussing the massive 5000 meal Thanksgiving outreach that is about to take place.
In case you haven’t heard, Melissa Talent and the folks at Fitzgerald Industries are teaming up with our School System and L.A. principle Jake Asbury (with some help from you and me, hopefully!) to prepare 5000 meals at Livingston Academy beginning on Tuesday the 21st for distribution on Thanksgiving Day. 1500 of the meals will be transported—hot and ready to eat—to Clinton County, Ky., and 1000 of the meals will go to Pickett County, TN. The other 2500 meals are for us right here in Overton County.
In all three Counties, first responders, emergency service workers, and hospital and nursing home employees will receive meals. In addition, meals will be served at L.A. from 11:00 to 1:00, and delivered to the homes of those who request the meals.
As we were discussing logistics for Overton County, it became painfully obvious that no one wanted to serve the eastern part of the County—the Wilder/Hanging Limb/Crawford area in terms of deliveries or distribution.
Here is where the God Opportunity—the Divine Doorway—opened and arose. As we listened to the discussion, the four of us from First Church felt the same call—that Wilson School needed to be opened just as Livingston Academy will be, and that delivery to folks in the Eastern part of the County can happen best out of that home base—with FIRST CHURCH in charge of the Wilson location!
The committee gratefully accepted our offer. Somewhere between 500 and 1000 hot meals will be delivered to Wilson School and WE will oversee the Thanksgiving Day lunch gathering at the School from 11:00 to 1:00 and assist with home deliveries in the Crawford/Hanging Limb/Wilder area—all the while praying with folks and building relationships with our neighbors.
This is an amazing confirmation to a larger vision the Lord has been speaking to our Body—a call to plant His Kingdom beginning with Life Groups/Home Churches in the most out-of-the-way and neglected “villages” in the U.S., in the same way His Church is being planted in villages around the world.
The American Church model is to go where the money is. God’s Church model is to go where the need is… His Spirit is already preparing places of peace (see Luke 10) in villages all over the world—including our backyard—where the Good News finds a peaceful home and harvesters are welcomed to the ripe fields.
I am asking you to prayerfully consider giving up a few hours on Thanksgiving Day to be part of something that is big and important and truly from the Lord—right in our own neighborhood, up on the Mountain—to Love on the Mountain…!