Hope in Action! Another wildly successful Hope in Action week took place July 26- August 3. Thank you to all who participated; thanks for the donations, thanks for the prayers and thanks for the hours. As Teresa of Avila wrote:
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Of course it is not about statistics, but as the hands and feet of Christ, we can celebrate the efforts made:
• Painting at Kemmerer Village (5 people, 6 hours)
• Prayers and encouragement for kids at Mom n Me camp (estimated 23 people-hours, 48 journals).
• Surgery blankets and toys for God's creatures at the Animal Protective League (21 blankets, many toys, 9 people, 3 hours).
• Shelving for supplies for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club (7 people, 4 hours)
• Landscaping and clean up at the Illinois Presbyterian Home (9 people, 4 hours)
• Painting at Kumler Methodist (7 people, 4 hours)
• Raising money for the James Project through donations and staffing at the Garage Sale (estimated 8 people, 16 hours)
• 42 cans of chili collected and 15 blocks worth of trash collected in our neighborhood (11 people, 1 hour).
• Taking care of God's creation through several miles of walking/bike trail cleaned (18 people, 2 hours, 8 bags of trash)
• Backpacks with school supplies for 50 kids at Addams Elementary (approx. 25 people-hours)
• Helping produce 250 lbs (so far) of fresh garden produce for Kumler (approx. 10 people-hours
Altogether, HPC members and friends invested almost 400 hours in helping establish God's kingdom here on earth (not including the time spent organizing). We affected thousands of Springfield residents including several hundred children (along with no doubt hundreds of cats who will pass through APL in the next few years!). That is in addition to the 230 or so working hours your Missioneers invested at Alamosa, which greatly and positively impacted the 160+ people whose homes and church homes we worked on.
If you missed it, don't worry – there's plenty more to do. Hope in Action week is a special effort and we are grateful for the generous response, but that does not mean we only "do mission" one week a year. Keep an eye out for mission opportunities that come around every day, that are offered at church every Sunday and that will be on deck in the coming months about next year's mission trip and Hope In Action Mission Week.