Revive Unites with Ignite
Memorial Day weekend marked a holiday of hard work in Joplin, Missouri.
Revive Fellowship Church of Lexington, Kentucky arrived in Joplin on May 27 with water, pillows, blankets, clothing, baby food and diapers, and loads of non-perishable food. Revive Pastor Tex Conley and Youth Director Norma Pennebaker rounded up nearly 15 volunteers, all eager to take the ten hour caravan trip to Joplin and help those in need.
Upon arrival for the two-day mission, Revive teamed up with IgniteChurch.tv to help in all efforts to rebuild Joplin. On the first day of the mission, donations were sorted at the Ignite campus. Boxes of food, bottled water, supplies, toiletries waited to be unpacked and organized. According to Revive volunteers, many Joplin victims lost everything. Small necessities like dog food, cosmetics, and vitamins were also collected.
Day two began by joining forces with the Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse at the Joplin headquarters Forest Park Baptist, of 725 Highview in Joplin. According to their website, Samaritan’s Purse provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Pastor Conley tweeted on May 28, “I do see lots of the church out in full force being the hands and feet of Jesus. Lots to do very overwhelming.”
The Revive team worked to unpack donations, distribute supplies, sort through debris, prepare meals for tornado survivors, and search for bodies, dead or alive.
Youth group members also spread God’s work to those suffering from the tornado’s aftermath. In times of loss and hardship, Revive Fellowship believes hope will carry the people of Joplin through recovery.
Matthew 25:35– for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me