In August of 2021, the Hendersonville, N.C., Church did some mission work a little closer to home by helping the Hilton Head, S.C., Church with needs of their own.
In the fall of 2020, the Hendersonville Church made plans and began to budget to sponsor a mission trip in 2021. At the time, the church members thought the effects of COVID-19 would be calming down and life would be going back to normal. In addition, the members recieved a stimulus check from the Carolina Conference to be used as needed for the local church. They decided to put that money toward their mission trip. However, it was soon made evident that normality would take a little more time, and foreign travel was still unsafe due to the pandemic. The members had been made aware of needs at the Hilton Head Church. The pastors met and discussed Hendersonville’s proposal to assist with the maintenance and beautification of the Hilton Head property.
A mission team of 22 people completed 13 projects over the course of three days. The tasks included disposing of debris, spreading mulch, painting the exterior of the building, repairing door locks, and many more miscellaneous projects. The team was very busy during the day, but they spent the evenings socializing and doing group activities with Hilton Head members.
“While the Hilton Head church’s physical properties benefited, so did the relationships that were developed between the two churches,” says Lynn Johnson, mission leader at the Hendersonville Church. “The Hendersonville team was also blessed by interacting with its own members they don’t get to see on a regular basis. The group came to the realization you don’t have to go to a foreign country to be blessed while participating in a mission project.”
Carolina | November 2021