Day of Mercy 2013

 

Early Saturday morning, 42 Syracuse disciples with a unified heart to serve the communities met at Barry Park for an awesome time of prayer and singing! 16 disciples headed to the beautiful heartland of upstate New York, to the fields of “Matthew 25 Farm” to plant beets, carrots and radishes. The Farm depends on volunteers to plant and harvest acres and acres of vegetables and fruits that they donate back to local food banks. This group headed-up by our powerful leader, Steve Ranga, joyfully spent the day practicing the Farm’s mission of Matthew 25:40, “Jesus said, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Another 14 brothers & sisters, led by Bible Talk Leaders Rod Carter and George Mak, headed to the Salvation Army Cab House Commons complex of one city block. The facility grounds needed a “spring refresh” to clean-up leaves from last Fall as well as all sorts of debris. The volunteers – armed with rakes, brooms, shovels and trash cans – proceeded to clean the entire perimeter of the complex! An additional project consisted of pressure washing the brick facing of the Administration Building.

The third group of 13 women, headed to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse. This group was led by our MERCY Coordinators, Penny Armstrong and Kathy Hanam. We started with a determination to follow Philippians 4:18, “May our loving acts of service be a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” The ladies had a special time of bonding with each other and the Volunteer Director, Lisa DeAngelo, as we tackled sorting 200 lbs of new clothing donations. The Syracuse ICC also made a donation to sponsor the cost of sending one under-privileged child to their Summer Camp! And to God be all the glory!

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