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St. John Daylight Missionaries Helping Out

By Deacon David Rice
Margie Smith provides comfort and care at Evansville's St. Vincent's Center for Children and Families.


“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which  God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians  2:10


Stories abound of people whose lives have been impacted by mission trips. Yes, the nature of these mission trips is impactful because it involves leaving ones' collective comfort zone, stepping out in faith and ministering cross culturally. 


Twenty-eight members of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Daylight recently participated in an “in town/local mission trip.”  St. John parishioners have traveled to Cincinnati and Appalachia as part of previous missions; this year, we recognized that there are needs right here in the tri-state.


God is doing tremendous things all over the world, and it was awesome to see what He's doing in Evansville – specifically at the organizations where the St. John Evangelical Mission team volunteered: St. Vincent  de Paul Food Pantry, St. Vincent Center for Children and Families, Christian Life Center, Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Aurora, Columbia Healthcare, Project Gabriel and Ronald McDonald House.

We gathered daily at the church and went out to serve in food pantries and volunteer at other ministries reaching out to low-income families and the homeless, the sick and the lonely. Our missionaries even found time to do some landscaping projects at our church.

Our local mission experience enabled us not only to sample ministry sites in our city, but also to partner – individually and as a group – with particular organizations throughout the year, sharing our talents weekly or monthly as missionaries to our community.

Our faith deepened, our relationships grew stronger. Some of us discovered calls, and all of us felt our spirits ignited and our hearts impassioned.  We are blessed by this experience!