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Serving Where Your Life Happens

Ashley Baisley

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.

But Missions isn’t just a once-a-year thing for our family. Our kids know that loving and serving right here in Knoxville is how we live out our lives as Christians, so they participate in the delivery of meals and treats to our friends at Great Starts, and it has prompted great discussions about simply showing up and loving our neighbors – not judging them or their choices.

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.

Serving is as easy as contacting Kathryn Ann and Alison and asking how to get involved. They can assign service projects and opportunities for your family, your small group, or your Sunday school class. Not everyone can travel internationally for a mission trip, but the good news is that you don’t have to do that to be deeply involved in Missions at Cedar Springs. Being a church on Mission means serving where your life happens, right here and right now. Our family is deeply grateful for how we have grown through serving.

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