Mendenhall Ministries initiated a series of community forums out of which was launched a Neighborhood Watch program for residents on the southside of Mendenhall. The Mayor, Randall Neely, city, and county law enforcement officials, two Mendenhall Ministry board members, and approximately 30-plus residents from the community came out to participate in the organizational meeting and clean-up efforts, including three local pastors from area churches who participated their time, energy, and resources for support.
We are thrilled by what we consider a successful turn-out and a renewed energy and excitement in the community!
The day began at 9 a.m. with the third community forum called for the purpose of organizing a community watch program following a suspected drug-related shooting which occured in January. Block Captains were selected for each street in the community and Neighborhood Watch Coordinators were formally selected to lead the new neighborhood watch. This week, information will be gathered from residents in the community to complete the formal organizational work and will be turned over to its newly elected Coordinator by this Thursday.
Prior to the forum, I responded to an invitation to speak with the Jr. High Students for their awards ceremony and a number of the young people came out and participated with the clean-up efforts as well.
As a ministry, we’re also in the process of organizing a drug-free march and rally through the community with the cooperation of our community, volunteers, and community officials.
Following the organizational meeting, the community focused its efforts on cleaning up an area home. After spending some time there, the group panned out and picked up litter and debris in the community.
The group gathered for hotdogs and refreshments following the clean-up at the ballfield, across from Genesis One Christian School.
Mendenhall Ministries is intentional about reconnecting with the community. What a blessing its been to get to know the community and find opportunities to bring hope and inspire indigenous leadership here.
Harvest Chapel~Lake Zurich, from the Chicago, Illinios area, was with us this month and we had a wonderful time with the young people. They were such a blessing to our community and we appreciate their partnership with us. Evangel Covenant~Riverside from Providence, Rhode Island are fast becoming “short-term mission veterans” and we appreciate their assistance as we work towards celebrating our 50th anniversary in ministry next year. Bellevue Christian Academy from Washington will be with us this month as well and we always look forward to reconnecting with them as well.
As of this writing, I am wrapping up a week of ministry training at the Immersion Conference sponsored by the Christian Community Development Association. I also look forward to following-up with visits to our partners and new friends of the ministry. I had a wonderful visit with new friends from Wheaton Bible Church. From here I’m off to Washington, D.C. to visit potential partners in the area. Please remember to keep Mendenhall Ministries in prayer….feel free to follow our volunteer and travel schedule on our website under “Ministry Calendar.”
By the way, Mendenhall Ministries is also on facebook! I picked up a lot of new, young friends from Harvest Chapel! Join us!
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