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Read:  Psalm 90:17

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands–O prosper the work of our hands!”

As I write this W.I.S.H. Post I am in Springfield, Illinois on the mission trip planned and organized by our Auburn UMC Mission Chair, Becky Jenkins.  I am part of a 14 member team, made up of church members from four United Methodist Churches:  Auburn UMC, Gordonville UMC, Oscoda UMC, and Stoughton UMC (Wisconsin).  

We are preparing shipments of recycled and repurposed items to mission sites, domestic and international.  We are building quality desks for schoolchildren in impoverished countries, made from repurposed wood salvaged from school bleachers (being replaced, the wood was to be discarded).  We are sending very used, cleaned linens (again to be discarded and replaced) to countries for use in their hospitals.  Bicycles are being repaired and shared, providing an important means of transportation.  Sewing machines, considered archaic in our country, are valuable treasures elsewhere, where they can provide a source of income.  School packs are supplied with useful materials for kids.  There is much to do, and the job is never really finished.

One cannot help but wonder who will benefit from these sustain efforts of mission teams like ours, gathering week after week.  It can be tiring work, at times monotonous, and sometimes fatiguing.  The Midwest Distribution Center wants to make sure that we don’t overdue it.  They have various tasks, some physically very  easy, and others more challenging.  I’m trying to gain an understanding of the scope and nature of the overall mission work coordinated here.  Each one of the team members hopes that they will make a positive difference in someone’s life.

I find myself drawn to the words of the psalmist,  “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands–O prosper the work of our hands!”   It is more than hand-work though – it is heart work, and mind work.  So tonight I pray, echoing the psalmist of old,, “Bless O Lord, the work of our hands, and the work of our hearts.  May our efforts help share a knowledge of Your word, and bring an experience of Your love.  May these efforts be an answer to someone’s need and prayer.  Amen.”

Thank you for your prayers!

Shalom, Pastor Rob