MERIDIAN — I John 3:17 “But who hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of god in him?”
The widespread success of a Meridian church's service mission of a Meridian Sunday School class was detailed by Jeremy Hill at the June meeting of the Collinsville Community Development Club.
Hill shared with the club how his Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, Trey Long, has inspired his class as well as the community to show others they care through the mission 1 John 3:17.
The speaker encouraged members to use their gifts to help others. After a tour of the Wesley House Community Center and the surrounding grounds, the mission group saw a need. The grounds in the back of the Wesley House were all grown up with weeds and vines. There were old mattresses, drug paraphernalia, and all types of scattered garbage. Also, the playground equipment was in need of repair.
The Sunday School class and many other volunteers cleaned up the grounds, mowed the grass and set up new playground equipment. Hill said they all worked hard cleaning up the neighborhood. Volunteers led Bible studies and refreshments were served. Because the community cares, many poor children are having their needs met.
Monetary donations are sent to Long, who donates all of it to Wesley House. Hill said support has been great.
"Because of God’s faithfulness, needs are being met," he said.
Hill explained that the purpose of the I John 3:17 mission is to show God’s love. He requested that the club continue reading The Meridian Star newspaper for the needs Long lists in his column.
Club president Faye Houston welcomed members and guests to the June 16, 2014, meeting. Jack Cook led the Pledge of Allegiance.
In his devotional presentation, Dr. David Sellers compared people getting knocked down to a stack of dominoes knocked down. Leading causes for people getting knocked down include cancer, surgery and other health problems, as well as financial problems. Sellers said everyone gets knocked down sometimes.
"The Bible teaches that when we get knocked down, we are getting knocked down for a reason," he said. "When you get knocked down, get up."
Members brought personal care items to donate to Care Lodge.
Litter and trash was picked up on area roads. This completed one of the club's June’s projects.
Yard of the Month honors went to: Dan and Faye Houston, first place; Dave and Beverly Scales, second place; and Darrel and Judy Harwell, third place.
The serving committee included Glenda Rowell, Beverly Scales, Maureen Sellers and Ellen Walker.
The club's annual family picnic will be held July 21.
• Report submitted by June Gibson.