“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” when God is at work!
Recently, Rev. Chip Strickland, pastor of Riverside United Methodist Church in Macon, had the joy of preaching a series on Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall. The series was followed by a sermon using Paul’s challenge to the church to “Be all things to all people.” Rev. Strickland was able to share his vision of what God had given him for Riverside UMC to do in the coming year.
One of the visions that Rev. Strickland had was for Riverside UMC to partner with Northwood Academy, a neighboring school for students with special needs and the primary school for pre-K in Bibb County. The goal was for Riverside UMC to be able to give each student a new or gently used book to take home as their very own. Nehemiah took 52 days to rebuild the wall because of God working through His people. God working through a few of Riverside UMC’s congregants allowed Riverside to present more than 320 books to the students and teachers of Northwood Academy. Astonishingly, this was done over about a two-week period rather than a whole year.
A few folks started trying to get enough books for a class and God used these folks and blessed their efforts. Thirty books became more than 300 because of God’s blessings. The ladies who were with Rev. Strickland when the books were delivered saw the blessing on each child’s face. The beauty of excited children was great but cannot compare with the beautiful blessing that the ladies and Rev. Strickland carried as they left the school.