Myrtle Beach Church Holds “ReFresh Our Heroes” Ribbon Cutting
The Myrtle Beach, S.C., Church “ReFresh Our Heroes” mission ribbon cutting was a beautiful success on November 3, 2021. Community dignitaries, church members, local business leaders, and the Pathfinders attended the 11 a.m. ceremony commissioning their truck and trailer for ministry. First responders in the area were represented by the fire department crew and their equipment. As the sun came up, the local news TV station highlighted the celebration with four prime time spots of the events taking place at the church that morning.
The ReFresh mission is to provide effective and meaningful community services in their area in good times and during times of natural disasters. Their three-fold mission approach is first to provide groceries and other tangible assets to poor and needy individuals and families; second, to provide a mobile kitchen for Pathfinder campouts and youth mission activities; and finally, to serve in times of natural disaster (e.g. hurricanes and flooding) to deliver meals, refreshments, and respite to first responders and victims.
Leslie Louis, Carolina Conference president, commended the ReFresh Team and church for their mission. He presented a $2,500 check to David Peters, ReFresh director, in support of their ministry. Ken Johnson, ReFresh assistant director, urged everyone to support the Charity Golf Tournament through financial giving, volunteering, and prayer.
David Graham, pastor and Adventist Community Services director, shared the scope and commitment of the Adventist Church to be the hands and feet for Jesus, showing God’s love for neighbors and all in need. He sought God’s blessing, praying for the first responders for their courage, safekeeping, and wisdom when serving in emergency and or disaster. Peters gave an overview on God’s development of the ReFresh mission. He illustrated how God has led with the story of how they were able to purchase the truck through His intervention. He concluded by focusing on the diversity of the team of volunteers serving and the mission to serve all people.
Patricia Rivas prayed for the mission of ReFresh in Spanish. The ReFresh truck and trailer were then commissioned and christened by Carmen Gonzales, recognizing first responders and breaking a bottle of sparkling juice on the tongue of the trailer. The ceremony ended with the ribbon-cutting, which was followed by refreshments for all attendees.
Many challenges have come and gone from the onset of Refresh, but encouragement was found by Peters reaffirming God’s faithfulness in leading this ministry. The Matthew 25:40 emphasis is the centerpiece of this ministry serving others: “Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.”
Carolina | January 2022