Are we using who we are and what we have for what God needs done in the world?
During the summer Genesis sermon series, we have repeatedly heard God’s message to our faith ancestors: “Through you and your descendants I will bless all of the families of the earth.” Jesus said it this way, “My house should be a house of prayer for all people.”
One of TUMC’s longest standing community mission partners is Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). Former TUMC Senior Minister, Rev. Jim Mayfield, was chair of the board (when it was called AAIM), and I have served on the board for four years. Today’s organization is a successor to Metropolitan Ministry which started in the 1970’s for area Protestant churches to collectively assist the poor and elderly of our community.
Although both demographics and congregations have changed a lot in 40+ years, that core mission is still at the heart of iACT: “People of faith doing good together.”
Through iACT, our congregation helps accomplish outstanding work with refugee families. Enjoy these pictures from the 2015 summer iLEARN program, preparing over 80 children and youth to be successful in Austin area schools this fall. For more information, see their website.
Blessed to be a blessing, indeed.
Bobbi Kaye Jones