“Where Are My People?”
Fall 2017: That’s the question asked by a young student at J.T. Barber during the first days of the 2017-2018 school year. He was referring to the two dozen or so Garber volunteers who had welcomed him to school earlier in the week. Within the first ten days of school, our 1080 Ministry is lovingly being referred to as “my people”! Glory hallelujah! That little fellow hadn’t even seen Garber folks helping teachers unload their cars each morning or seen us serving breakfast and lunch to his teachers on their first day back at school. He hadn’t seen the teachers making plans for the new year during their work session in Morris Hall. He doesn’t see us praying for him and his classmates three times weekly, under the big tree in the parking lot. He may not realize that now another dozen volunteers have entered the classrooms to help meet the academic challenges he and his friends face. Just wait until he sees the brand new classroom books that Garber 1080 Ministry has provided through his school’s book fair! He’s beginning to notice the flood of blue shirts with sailboats that he sees each week. Hopefully, he’ll ask us very soon what that sailboat means and what’s up with the number 1080. We can’t wait to tell him that 1080 is the number of days he could be at JTB and that we have that many days to love him and all his friends!
The 1080 Ministry of Garber Church stands on the foundation of Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:14-16 - “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” The body of Christ….at JT Barber Elementary School …. becoming “my people.” If you would like to join us as we continue our commitment of 1080 days to the students and staff of JTB, please notify Mary Coleman in the church office or Stacy Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many ways to serve. We ask for your prayers as we “grow and build up in love” this precious little school community.