May 17 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    On a hot Saturday morning May 1 Rhonda and Kent Lambert made their way down the street in a neighborhood not too far from Central Baptist Church.

    They left a flyer about the church at each home, prayed for the families in that neighborhood and talked to those they met on the street.

    The Lamberts are hoping to join other members of their Sunday School class and begin a Bible study in the neighborhood.

    “This is the greatest opportunity for us to do what we say we want to do,” Rhonda said. That’s what Operation Inasmuch is all about — local churches getting out in the community and serving others.

    As many as 1,000 North Carolina Baptist churches participated in Operation Inasmuch April 24 and May 1, joining hands in a one-day missions blitz.

    From children to senior adults, Central Baptist volunteers met for prayer at 8 a.m. before heading out to their various project sites in Wendell.

    Members of Central Baptist Church of Wendell work on a project for Operation Inasmuch May 1, one of the days set aside for statewide mission projects. See photo gallery (including other links to related stories) for more pictures from Central Baptist and other churches.


    Tammy Johnson and her daughter Lauren, who is in elementary school, served at two local assisted living facilities.

    Tammy and Lauren visit assisted living facilities several times throughout the year. Tammy hopes that by involving Lauren in such a ministry at a young age will “instill in her that this is what we’re here for.”

    Tammy knows that with her busy schedule it would be easy to forget that serving others needs to be a priority in life — and so she must be intentional in teaching that to her daughter.

    At the assisted living facility church members passed out pillows and walker aprons they made earlier. One team visited a couple no longer able to attend services at Central.

    Within a few minutes of the team arriving the couple was reminiscing about time spent with people at the church and sharing how much they missed being able to attend services. Other Operation Inasmuch projects included construction and roofing on a facility at a local park and packing boxes of food to give to families in need. Central’s youth took the lead in adopt-a-highway clean up in front of the church.

    Pastor Ed Rose spent most of his time helping with construction and yard work at the home of a single mother, a woman who is the friend of a church member, but antagonistic to Christian faith.

    Rose wants Operation Inasmuch to be the “springboard” for other opportunities of community outreach. “We want our identity to be missions and evangelism,” he said. In a day when churches are not always known for these two things, Rose wants Central to be a noticeable presence in the community. “If the church left in some communities, no one would miss it,” he said.

    Operation Inasmuch is a chance for churches across the state to “go beyond missions giving to missions going,” Rose said. “And that starts here. We want to be a people who are constantly looking and planning to serve the community.” For a longer version of this story, click here.
    5/17/2010 7:36:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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