Just as Brother Pat Baker (CLM candidate, Caldwell 1st UMC) had assured us during our organizing meeting 4 weeks prior the actual event, participants discovered themselves greatly blessed by walking the streets and meeting the residents of this small Falls County town while distributing prayer request cards.
7 volunteers from five U.M. churches converged in Lott, located on the Northern edge of the West District and enjoyed a lunch prepared for them by members Betty Willi and Irene Duncan. Afterwards, they fanned out across the town to knock on doors in teams of two armed with maps and prayer request cards. Collectively, the teams universally encountered residents were receptive to what they were “selling.” Some, who may have initially been hesitant, opened up their doors, and in certain cases invited the volunteers inside to talk about what they were doing in the community. It was a case of “open hearts, open minds, and open doors,” but the direct inverse of the general application in the church.
Participants regrouped at Lott U.M.C. at 3:00 PM for refreshments and regaled one another with stories of their wonderful and unexpected encounters with various residents of the town. Each one wore a glow of something other than just sunburn as they shared how a bonding had begun with individual residents during the event. Following a closing prayer by Rev. Judy Draper, each participant departed home to their own communities filled with the warmth of newly-formed relationships on their hearts and a sense of great blessings received from their experience.