For 147 years, the disciples at St. John’s have brought the Word of God to the mission field known as Springfield, Illinois. Through our partnerships with service organizations in the community, we have taken the call to become the hands and feet of Christ to heart and have followed the command to care for one another.
At Vacation Bible School,
we spend the week getting a huge dose of God’s love. There are so many things we could teach the kids about our Creator, and it is our hope that they leave with spiritual growth in a few areas: growing closer to God, growing closer to one another, and growing closer in community.
Legal ways to immigrate to the United States are through marriage and family connections, work visas, or political asylum. Another option, though a long shot, is the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. Although called a lottery, it does not award recipients money. Instead, each year it allows 55,000 foreigners an opportunity to obtain Green Cards and legally immigrate to the U.S. Over nine million people enter the DV Lottery per year. The odds of holding a randomly drawn number are extremely small.
For the past 10 years, the Annual Mission Trip to Marion, Virginia has been one of the many ways we have taken our Mission Statement to heart. St. John’s Disciples have loaded up vans, trucks, and trailers, and made the trip to Marion, Virginia to become the Hands and Feet of Christ, completing home repair projects through Project Crossroads.
It was Kay, in the parlor, with a hug. The Grief Support Group was ready to begin, and Kay’s hug found one of the newer participants. “I prayed for you all week,” Kay said. And she wasn’t the only one praying. Members of the group have listened and prayed and shared stories, growing closer as they talked about what grief has been like for them.
Just this past week, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a Minister of Loneliness for the United Kingdom. Apparently, loneliness in the United Kingdom has reached a critical level with more than 9 million people in a recent study claiming that they “always or often feel lonely.” It seems somewhat ridiculous that in today’s global society in which we are more connected than ever through social media and the internet, the experience of loneliness has reached such critical levels.