Project Inasmuch volunteers lend a hand where neededBy: David Holloway
The Fourth Johnson County Operation Inasmuch service day was held this past Saturday, June 22, 2013. Operation Inasmuch is an outreach sponsored by the Johnson County Ministerial Alliance which is “a cooperative ministry by the churches of Johnson County to serve the people of our area in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The name for Operation Inasmuch comes from the scripture reference in Matthew 25:40 where Jesus says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.” Operation Inasmuch was founded in 1995 by David Crocker who is the Executive director and founder. It is an event that was started at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. What started as a two-day event in 1995 has grown into a movement across America with over 1600 churches in 21 states participating. The headquarters of Operation Inasmuch is Knoxville, TN.
“We don’t charge anybody anything. All the money comes from the member churches, businesses that want to help contribute and lumber places have been very cooperative. They have sold us stuff at cost or a little below,” said Thomas Peake, Pastor of Mountain City Presbyterian Church. “It is intended to help other people who can’t do it themselves or can’t quite do it themselves.”
The people that volunteered to help gathered at Mountain City Presbyterian Church at 8:30 on what was a beautiful Saturday morning to give of their time and effort in serving those in need. Scott Plyler, the Associate Pastor for First Christian Church, opened up with a devotional on the key scripture Matthew 25:40, reminding everyone of why they had gathered. After the devotional and a concluding prayer, volunteers signed up for various projects that were on the agenda for the day and then they dispersed to the respective locations to accomplish the tasks at hand.
“That’s a big part of the motivation behind Project Inasmuch to get churches to work together to get a common testimony to the community that Christians can work together to help other people,” said Peake. “I and some others take communion over to the shut-ins at the nursing home and they seem to appreciate that a lot.”
Some of the other projects included building access ramps, cleaning houses, cleaning walls to prep for painting, insulating under a mobile home, sewing for Mountain City Care, cleaning gutters, lawn work, smoothing out gravel, child care and food prep for workers, taking breakfast to community service leaders, going to Ralph Stout Park to hand out free water to people that may be there listening to the musicians or walking around there in the afternoon.
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