If you walked into SGC on Oct. 29, you walked into a small sampling of the wider world. The REACH missions team kicked of November Missions month with the 2nd annual Family Missions Day, the church lobby filled with missions-related activities, missions and outreach organization representatives from both local outreaches and those working in countries around the world. Participants enjoyed service activities geared for children and tables of unique and high-quality goods produced by ministries serving the poor and marginalized--all for sale, all for great causes.
The overall purpose of Missions Day is to build awareness about how Gospel mission is carried out around the world, and the many ways Christians reach out in mercy to the last, the least and the lost. It's also an opportunity for people to be directly involved in small ways with both local and international efforts.
This year's opportunities included purchasing much-needed home items for incoming refugees, putting together maternity packs for women in African nations, actually making shoes for children out of used bluejeans, putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes (Samaritan's Purse) and raising funds for the orphan care and education ministry of Mission E4 in Haiti.
The REACH team invites you to learn more about opportunities to learn and serve, and if you check out their Facebook page, you can be kept abreast of upcoming events and initiatives. We hope to see you next year!
NOTE: Many of the vendors that were at REACH Missions Day have websites, and with Christmas around the corner these are awesome gifts that can actually give. To learn more about them, visit Jamie Finn's blog post on: How your Christmas shopping can change the world.