Taking It to the Streets: A Service of Love

The Lottie Scott- Louise Dorsey Women's Missionary Society from Mt. Pisgah (Columbia), Liz Smithay, President, and the Nannie Bell Women’s Missionary Society from Mt. Moriah (Annapolis), Patricia Edmond, President, joined together for Taking It to the Streets on December 8, 2018.

On that crisp, beautiful Saturday morning, the missionaries, along with the help of several associates, packed their vehicles and made their way to the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis, Maryland to prepare for their special guests. Once there, the associates and men in the community unloaded the vehicles, while the missionaries busied themselves sorting and neatly folding pants, sweaters, shirts, pajamas, hats, gloves, ties, belts, and shoes for men, women, children, and babies. They made sure to save room for the blankets and towels that had been donated. Next, it was time to find a place to display the many coats that were donated, which were sure to be in great demand with the cold weather that seemingly had settled in for the winter. The toiletries, including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, tissues, socks, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and a copy of the Daily Bread and the New Testament Holy Bible were individually-packaged with love and put on a table for the guests to take. Sis. Barbara Brown made mittens out of sweatshirts for adults and children that were in great demand for the cold weather.

Everyone knows that one doesn’t invite guests and not have a delicious and filling meal to offer. Not to worry, the missionaries had it covered. When the guests arrived, the aroma of spaghetti and meatballs (a choice of turkey or beef) filled the air, as did buttery corn, succulent green beans, soft Hawaiian rolls, assorted cookies, water, and iced tea. It was a nice hot meal to satisfy the physical needs on a cold day.

As the guests arrived, they were greeted with warm smiles and a hearty hello. Sis. Condra paused to lift a prayer of thanksgiving, reminding everyone of the true reason for the season. The storehouse was then opened and the missionaries helped our guests find their sizes as they tried on coats and held pants up to their waists to see if they would fit. They filled their bags with items for themselves, their family members, and a few friends who weren’t able to make it to the center. After shopping, some sat down to eat, while others got their food to go. At the end of the day, everyone was smiling and conversing with old friends, because that’s what we are - friends and family, who but for the grace of God could be standing on either side.

Several guests commented on how the day of service resonated with them. A young mother of two, who was there with her mother and one child expressed how happy she was to have the resources because she didn’t have them when she was growing up. An older woman commented that people need help and to have the missionaries minister to them, letting them know that others care was a real blessing. The missionaries say that we are the ones who received the blessing - to see joy emanating from the faces of three generations of one family - reminded us of why we do what we do. If we can help just one person as we travel this journey...There is a blessing in serving others.

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