The drought is over. It has been quite some time since a group from LOCC has gone to another community to serve others on a mission trip. Next week, that will all change as a group of 10 of us will travel to Van Buren, Mo. to work on two houses in the area that were damaged by floods this Spring.
One of the great things about a trip like this is that you never know what will happen. You have to be flexible when projects change, building materials don’t arrive as scheduled, weather issues arise, or any number of issues happen to change your plans. Sometimes, you have to give in to the experience and drop any agenda you might have. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 23:11:
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
A couple of weeks ago, we were recipients of an act of mission and service as 7 8th grade members of the Osage Honor Club, supervised by Lori Sallee, spent several hours working around the church. They worked on our playground, painted a ceiling in one of the storage rooms in the chapel, and worked to remove the trimmed branches of the Oak tree by the portico entrance. They worked hard and were truly servants to us.
We have people in our congregation who do much to keep our facilities in great shape and work diligently to serve others here as well.
Living out the Gospel in service to others is what we as Christians are to be about. I give thanks in this season of Thanksgiving that there are folks here who are willing to put their faith into action and move beyond our walls to be servants to the world!