How old do you have to be to be on-mission with God? I guess the answer is simply: old enough to embrace and obey what God is saying. The mission of Emmanuel Baptist Church is to “GO to the families of Powell County and beyond, to SHOW them the love of God, and to GROW them into fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”
Recently, some students at Emmanuel gave of their time and energy to travel to help feed men at Hope Center in Lexington, KY, and to minister to the homeless and those in a recovery program. There, the students encountered many people, from different walks of life, different experiences, and different struggles. But our students went with one purpose: to be on-mission with God.
Just days before He was crucified, Jesus said:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:31-40 ESV)
Thank God, for our students who were willing to GO to the “least of these!”