It is 6:00 pm on a Thursday night in September and the bells are ringing at Hunt United Methodist Church. Beyond the bells I hear the sounds of young men and old men and women visiting over a table meal and sharing bible study. I hear the sounds of children playing and creating in the students room. I hear the little ones in the nursery crying because they are missing mom or dad. And I hear the parents speaking together or listening to computer audio in the computer lab. These parents come to this place because they choose to better their English speaking skills with other learning adults.
It is a new kind of Thursday evening at Hunt United Methodist Church. We have our ongoing outreach ministry with young men from 3H Pathways Ranch who worship with us on Sunday and come on Thursday night with staff and Pastor Roy to be treated to home made meals and bible study with men and women of this church who love them - just because.
And now we have begun an additional outreach ministry in our community offering Adult English learning classes with a citizenship learning group. Led by the seasoned ESL Team from Hunt School who now make their home here on Thursday evenings. Church members helping in the nursery. Church members helping by dropping off snacks and drinks. And Lisa and her team who have worked closely with our Wesley Nurse and church staff to make the office classroom complex ready for our neighbors.
I hear the sound of love. As all these sounds are ringing out, there are people in the sanctuary praying this week during our week long 168 prayer challenge. I am overwhelmed in the Spirit of God. To say that God is good is an understatement. God is making a statement in truth - that all of God’s people are welcome here.
Now to get up and check out the bible study and the games outside and the computer lab and the nutrition class and all that God is making possible in this Hill Country church on a Thursday night.
Gloria a Dios! Glory be to God!
Author: Paul E Harris
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