In celebration of 25 years of service, Christian Care Ministry (CCM) held it’s first-ever “Day of Sharing,” a nationwide initiative to motivate and mobilize people to share their time, talents, faith, and resources to serve others.
At its Melbourne, Fla. headquarters and the Colorado Springs satellite campus, CCM employees gathered for kick-off events and then went out to serve various community organizations. Employees from both locations as well as a remote group in Illinois joined Medi-Share members from around the country in the inaugural Day of Sharing.
A member, along with a team of volunteers with Medical Mission Adventures in Northridge, Calif. held a free medical, dental, optical, and pharmaceutical clinic. A crew headed up by a member in Arizona worked together to paint, build, landscape, and fix-up a local elementary school.
Yet another team headed up by one of Medi-Share’s members visited over two thousand inmates in seven different prisons around Atlanta, Ga. “God showed up in the way only He can to touch many lives, and hundreds received the free gift of eternal life – to God be the glory!” the member said.
In Melbourne and Colorado Springs, CCM employees also had a chance to share their experiences from that Saturday.
“What a blessing it was for us to serve the children at Brevard Rescue Mission. They enjoyed Bible stories, songs, drama, crafts, snacks, and decorating sugar cookies! We were very impressed with the volunteers that pour themselves out for these families regularly. We look forward to future opportunities to serve!” – Tracy Gwinn, Finance, Melbourne
“We had a great adventure at Irene H. Canova Beach. We gathered eagerly at the beach with children in tow to give back to our community. We gathered the supplies we received from Keep Brevard Beautiful and set out on our adventure. We collected nine buckets of trash in around two hours!” – Steve Brown, Ministry Development, Melbourne
“Our team of volunteers served at the DOCK (Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids). We helped clean both buildings inside and out, emptied the big trash bins, swept off the bugs and spider webs around the entrances, cleaned the kitchen, the windows, and other areas where the neighborhood kids come to study and receive tutoring. One of the things that really impressed our team is the garden which is located on the side of one of the buildings. The neighborhood kids are taught the principles of sowing and reaping both naturally and spiritually.” – Renee Mobley, Procurement, Melbourne
“We had 38 servants show up to help us package up 1,000 meals that will be used in Brevard County schools to feed hungry children over the weekend. The energy was high and we began by praying over all the items we would be packing, that each bag would not only meet a physical need but also that the children would encounter the love of God. What a blessing to work alongside these wonderful men, women, boys, and girls.” – Eric Mellert, Business Optimization, Melbourne
“We had a group serve at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Many of us worked in the “yard” that was full of all kinds of materials such as wood pieces, garage doors, metal and plastic framing materials, outside furniture, along with all kinds of odds and ends. After just a few hours it was amazing to see how the yard was transformed. We also worked inside with some of our team building shelves and sorting and organizing items inside the store, from lamp shades to plumbing materials. Working together with co-workers and other volunteers we met to help our community is something we should all experience and hope to do again soon.” – Sherry Fox, Billing, Colorado Springs
“We had 22 volunteers and broke the groups into five different subgroups, serving at the Salvation Army campus. A few of us spent time tying ribbons for the upcoming Angel Tree program. Others got their hands dirty by painting the kitchen. My group and I ended up cleaning their mobile feeding unit from top to bottom. We also trimmed bushes and worked in their thrift store sorting items. Everyone had a wonderful time fellowshipping and doing some much-needed jobs.” – Sam Abraham, Accounting, Melbourne
These are just some of the wonderful stories of members and employees who participated in Christian Care Ministry’s first annual Day of Sharing. Our prayer as a ministry is that this yearly event grows exponentially so that thousands across our nation will feel the love of Christ.