SELINSGROVE – When COVID crushed their plans to send a team overseas to do missionary work, members of the Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene began to refocus those efforts on the needs right in their own backyards, with the aim of involving as many members of the community as possible.
As a result, SUN Area Work & Witness (SAWW) was born.
This new mission ministry seeks to help anyone in Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties with a real need for practical help, such as cleaning inside or outside their home, fixing a leak plumbing, a roof leak, a broken window or a faulty appliance. The ministry will reach – a radius of around 15 miles from Selinsgrove – and work will be completed this summer between July 27 and 31.
The deadline to sign up as a volunteer or to ask for help is May 14.
Doug Hoke is a member of Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene and is one of many team members working to coordinate evangelism.
“We just want to serve others as God has helped us,” he said. “We want to pass it on.”
They are looking for more volunteers from the community to help out in a variety of ways, including as site workers, kitchen crew, supply crew, or as photographers. Volunteers are also needed to serve as listeners to come alongside site owners and workers and show them the love of Christ. Volunteers can also play a role of spiritual development for the enrichment of the faith of the participants in the mission.
Hoke said the type of jobs they can do will largely depend on the skill level of the volunteers they have and the funding they can get for the supplies needed. So, in addition to people praying for everything to come together successfully, they also provide ways for people to get involved by sponsoring awareness with tax-deductible donations. Sponsorship levels starting at $100 will receive benefits such as a website listing, social media listing, mission t-shirt logo, and more. In-kind donations are also greatly appreciated.
This year’s theme for the mission is “Love Loud”.
“By loving hard, we hope to make it clear that members of our community are loved, known and cared for,” said Bill Foss, senior pastor at Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene. “SAWW gives us the opportunity to demonstrate how much we care about our community and especially the people who make it up.”
Foss said their hope is that it will not only leave a meaningful impact on their community this summer, but will also expand in the future “to involve a broad representation of people from our community working together.”
Hoke said that although they presented the outreach as a community service project, the No. 1 goal is to meet people’s spiritual needs.
“It’s a way to get the church out of our four walls,” he said, adding that their desire is simply “to be God’s hands and feet for anyone who might need encouragement. or help”.
The cost to participate as a volunteer is $15 for the week and a family maximum of $50. Volunteers do not need to go to Selinsgrove Church of the Nazarene to participate.
To sign up as a volunteer or to complete a request for assistance form, visit https://scnpa.churchcenter.com/pages/sun-area-work-and-witness. Assessments will be made to ensure that the team can complete the requested project, and applicants of accepted projects will be notified no later than the first week of July. More information is also available by calling the church at 570-374-0028 or emailing [email protected]