As many of you may recall from last year’s Fall Assembly, Delta Hands for Hope has begun work in Shaw, Mississippi. Jason Coker, a native of Shaw serving as pastor of Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, Connecticut, along with CBF-Mississippi Coordinating Council member Cora Jackson and others from Shaw, formed Delta Hands for Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening and enhancing local community assets related to education, spiritual development, health and recreation for school-aged children in Shaw and throughout the Mississippi Delta. Delta Hands for Hope partners with the Together for Hope Rural Poverty Initiative and CBF of Mississippi. Several churches from within Mississippi and from other states have either already visited Shaw to work with Delta Hands for Hope or have planned events for this summer. There is still time for your church to plan your own mission event.
Recently, Delta Hands for Hope hired its first on-site Program Director, Lane Riley, who will arrive in Shaw to begin her work on June 1, 2014. Lane is a native of Greenwood, South Carolina, and a graduate of Lander University with degrees in Spanish and sociology. While working as a nanny in Connecticut, she became a member of Wilton Baptist Church. When she learned of the Program Director position, she applied and accepted the job offer. CBF of Mississippi is planning a celebration and welcoming event for Lane on Saturday, June 7, 2014, as she begins to settle into her new duties and as we join hands with Delta Hands for Hope. We hope you will bring a group from your church and join in the celebration. Here are the details:
WHO: CBF-MS, Delta Hands for Hope and its new Program Director, Lane Riley
WHAT: (1) A Prayer Brunch, hosted by United Rock of Ages Church, and a Welcoming Overview of CBF of Mississippi by CBF Field Coordinator, Christian Byrd (2) A Tour of Shaw area churches and meetings among church members, youth, youth workers and other CBF-MS leaders and supporters
WHERE: Shaw Cultural Center, 125 Peeler Avenue in Shaw, Mississippi, and around Shaw for events throughout the day
WHEN: Saturday morning, June 7, 2014, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon as CBF-MS and Shaw area church members join hands and plans
WHY: Bring a group from your church so that you can join hands with our partners at Delta Hands for Hope and in Shaw and begin to make plans to bring teams back from your church for mission trips, work weeks and other events throughout the year as you learn more about the needs Shaw has and the assets you and your church can offer to assist with those needs.
PLEASE RSVP to Deenie Grubbs at CBF-MS by June 4, 2014 at firstname.lastname@example.org