It Takes a Village

There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” If you have children or have worked with children you know this is true. Yet, its true for many other aspects of life. In fact, I often say about myself, “I take a village.” I need “a village” of friends, family, and church to help me be the best I can be and grow into who God is creating me to be.
Organizations are no different.
This week I was reminded of this as I sat down for an early morning meeting with the leaders of Feed My Sheep. Feed My Sheep was first started by Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church downtown. When they sold part of their property they asked FUMC Miami if we could host their Wednesday and Friday Breakfast outside in our parking lot. A few years later leadership changed and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church has taken over the ministry BUT they do not do it alone.
Our meeting together included a day-by-day list of what happens to make the ministry run. They listed off 5 am Publix pick-ups done by various volunteers (Kevin Adamson being one of the volunteers who continues to pick up at 5 am on Saturday mornings to honor the memory of Harry Ott and Larry Ligon.) They listed schools who make sandwiches and people who prep on Tuesday and Thursday (our very own Reba Clark comes to those prep days.)
All together they bring together over 8 churches, AA groups, and community members who want to serve.
I went away from my meeting with them sensing how powerful the work of God is in the Feed My Sheep Ministry. Not only in their outcomes in serving the homeless but also in their work in involving so many in God’s mission! They are a small village that is helping another small village, the homeless, downtown.
I have also been reminded of the work God is doing through United Methodist across the state in helping Hurricane Michael victims. Various churches from around the state are donating items. WeWork has a system of making a donation for a particular item like diapers or cleaning supplies.
Another proverb from Haiti says, “Many hands make light work!”
Through both initiatives we see volunteers giving back and making a difference. No one person can save the world but together we can make a world of difference for vulnerable people around our state.
Jesus knew this was true. Jesus often spoke about small acts that had a big impact.
Jesus told a story about a seed.
 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”  Matthew 13:31-32
This week I encourage each of us to plant small seeds and trust that God will do the growing! 
The seed could be a simple donation, a small prayer while waiting in traffic or a card sent to someone in need. 
No seed is too small! 
See you Sunday! 
Pastor Audrey

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