by Steve Hands
This past Saturday August 3rd, a group of Wellspring members gathered alongside other Warrenville area churches at Johnson Elementary School for our annual Back to School Party. Through the generosity of the Wellspring community, we were able to provide school supplies for every family in need with a child entering kindergarten at Johnson. By partnering with the rest of the Warrenville area churches, together we provided supplies for every family in need from Kindergarten through 5th grade! And rather than just delivering the supplies to the school, we made delivery into a big celebration, complete with homemade tacos, hotdogs, face painting, nail painting, painting painting, a big rabbit piñata, and Wellspring’s annual party contribution: snow cones! There were opportunities for families to get connected to legal aid or to Warrenville Youth and Family Services’ excellent mentoring programs. And we had a ton of fun!
In Matthew 25, Jesus describes a scene before the throne of God, where God blesses people saying, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me…. Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
It’s so exciting to think that not only did we bless our community in Warrenville this past Saturday, but we were able to give Jesus the school supplies he needed; we were able to make Jesus feel welcome with a warm smile and nice conversation; we were able to stuff Jesus full of snow cones till his tongue turned blue, and he loved it!
When we talk about our value of “mission” at Wellspring, we say “we are all sent on God’s mission to redeem all things”. This involves proclamation of the good news that Jesus is savior and Lord, sometimes from a pulpit, sometimes in a conversation, and sometimes through a snow cone and a smile. Wellspring, I’m glad I get to join you on the mission of God to share both the good news and the love of God with others. And what a sweet privilege to get to bless Jesus himself along the way! May we stay committed to God’s mission in both deed and word as he sends us out.