What an amazing “Operation Mission Madness” we had last weekend! Around 230 youth and their chaperones descended upon UBC Friday night and spent an incredible 48 hours worshipping, working on twenty-nine mission projects throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle county, prayer walking around UVA grounds and the medical center, and just having fun.
This weekend would not have been possible with the leadership and participation of many people. Many thanks to Mark Snipes of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia for providing organizational leadership in this their sixth year of offering Mission Madness. Many thanks to Erin Brown, Phil Woodson, and John and Sarah Buchanan for taking the lead in organizing UBC’s part of hosting a Mission Madness site this year. They did an amazing job morphing our traditional “Operation Inasmuch” day of community service into this much larger event.
I cannot even begin to name the many volunteers who spent parts (or all) of the weekend registering and feeding our guests, loading and unloading supplies, taking out trash, serving as site leaders, and working alongside the youth. In this Word, you’ll find a selection of pictures and a list of projects accomplished this weekend.
The theme this year was “Hope,” and throughout the weekend, during worship times and out in the community, we were all invited to see how the hope of the risen Christ is made known. It reminded me that Christian hope is not passive, merely waiting for God to work, but dynamic and active.
Finally, in light of Bob Badgett’s resignation letter last week, I want to express my deep appreciation for Bob’s faithful ministry at UBC for these past twelve and a half years. Bob’s can-do attitude, good humor, and faithful servanthood will be greatly missed. We wish Bob and Patti the best, and I encourage all to express your thanks to the Badgetts when you have a chance. We thank God for the Badgett’s joyful labor among us, that witnesses to their hope.
In light of Mission Madness and Bob’s announcement, we remember the words of 1 Timothy 4:10: “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” Let us continue to put our hope in the living God!
~ Blessings, Michael