Before there was a brick and mortar location, our Avenue South launch team began serving the Edgehill area. That’s when we connected with Carter Lawrence Elementary School, an under-resourced school in Nashville. This standing partnership has created opportunities to provide care and personal investment. And, we’ve been able to share the hope of the gospel with educators, families, and the surrounding community.

 

Having A Heart of Service

Serving this significant school has become one of my greatest passions. At the age of 65, along with my wife of 30 years, we’ve been absolutely energized with the power of the Holy Spirit and placed into action. Being fully engaged and able to bring joy and love to others has changed us. So, we were compelled to establish Care Kitchen Outreach—a ministry that gives meals to those with need in Nashville. And, one of the biggest needs occur during teacher appreciation week.

Every year, we look forward to encouraging and standing alongside hard-working teachers and staff as they support children in the school. However, we were saddened to find out that our normal rhythm of service had been sidelined with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we diligently and prayerfully tried to determine our next move, we shared an idea with Avenue South Missions Pastor, Matthew Page. The idea was very simple yet practicably actionable: “Let’s bring meals to the teachers anyway.”

 

Serving–No Matter What

Pastor Matthew quickly got on the phone with Dr. Sanders, Principal at Carter Lawrence, and they worked out a plan to deliver the meals to the teachers at their homes. We were back in service and proud to see God come through! A few days later, we received an email from Dr. Sanders that made our hearts fill with joy:

“We have just completed our deliveries for today. We were able to reach all who requested a meal (20 families, which included teachers and support staff). I wish I could have bottled up the gratitude that each family expressed for your kindness towards them. Many were overjoyed by not having to cook a meal for a day. Thanks for supporting our efforts in showing our appreciation of our phenomenal educators. You all are greatly appreciated.”

Serving may not always be easy, and it most likely will not be timely in our busy lives. However, it will be the most rewarding thing you will ever do. You just have to remember who we serve and why everyone has a chance to witness. God will get the glory and lives will be impacted with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ anywhere, anytime, with anybody.