Mission teams from Pleasant Hill UMC in Olive Branch and By Cynthia Laird
Senatobia District Communications Coordinator
Members of the mission teams along with the home owner of the newly constructed home prepare for the dedication service.
Mission teams from Pleasant Hill UMC in Olive Branch and
The Rev. Theon Johnson, III led the dedication service.
Immediately, the leadership skills and caring persona of the Reverend Theon Johnson, III, served as a unifying and strengthening force as the combined teams worked long days on the home restoration project. Johnson is part of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference, but when members of Glide UMC met him at Jackson State University, they requested that he be on loan to Glide UMC as their associate pastor. This is not surprising since the dynamic ministry of Johnson has received national and international attention.
The teams have bonded through a feeling of unity and purpose with Christian love. They are hoping to be assigned together next year on a Katrina relief project. Planning is currently underway to make this dream a reality. In serving others this year, team members say that they were the ones who received blessings and a very strong realization of what it is like to be part of God's large diverse family.