One of the great benefits of having such a strong Global Missions department as well as such a vibrant Home Mission program is that it makes being involved in our church’s vision for Mission so easy and accessible for every member of our church! Our family LOVES hosting international missionaries each March, and we love that our children have learned so much about what it’s like to be a Christian in other countries. They also feel like they now have friends in Germany, UAE, and South Africa. Their picture of Christ’s Church is more global and robust than it would have otherwise been without these hosting experiences.
As our children grow older, we see their schools and peer groups as opportunities for missions as well, so we recently teamed up with Kathryn Ann Holt and a lovely volunteer from KARM to learn more about what KARM does. Rising sixth-graders listened to Miss Dolly talk about KARM’s history and vision for Knoxville, and then they spent time tearing price tickets to ease the workload of KARM volunteers. They also made E-bed (“Every Bed, Every Day”) cards for our homeless neighbors to receive on their beds each night at the shelter.