God Shows Way with GPS
BY KARIN PETER, president of Seventy
Most folks in the Jackson Congregation don’t live in the same neighborhood as their Mississippi church building…except Julie Wright and her husband, Mickey.
In the fall of 2010 they were discussing how to better share Christ’s mission in their community. That’s when their pastor, Liz Crabtree, told them about the Atlanta North Congregation and its ministry with a fire department.
The Wrights decided to visit a fire station near their congregation. They learned the firefighters work in three rotating shifts.
“We decided we could pray for each shift on the day they work and take them goodies once a month,” Julie said. “I also asked the guys to let us know if we could do anything else to make the fire station more comfortable or provide items for victims.”
Also, congregation members learned that when a call came, the firefighters looked at a large wall map to pinpoint the location. They did not have global-positioning systems (GPS) in the trucks, although they often used the GPS on their phones.
The members realized this was an opportunity to make a difference. By the following spring, they had raised enough money to buy GPS units and accessory kits for both trucks.
It might not be the direction members expected their ministry to go, but they are responding to challenges and opportunities. As their ties with the fire department grow, members deliver snacks to the station every month and uphold the firefighters in individual and congregational prayer.
Though congregation members don’t all live in the same neighborhood as the church building, they are seeking to fulfill God’s vision for their community. They’re trying to relieve physical and spiritual suffering, build healthy relationships with those who serve their community, and ensure a timely response for people in crisis.
Beloved children of the Restoration, your continuing faith adventure with God has been divinely led, eventful, challenging, and sometimes surprising to you. By the grace of God, you are poised to fulfill God’s ultimate vision for the church. —Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a