Last Saturday was a special day in the life of our church. As our Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Sale was closing to the public, volunteers gathered in the small dining room to pray for the mission ahead while families and charity organizations were arriving to participate in the highlight of our semi-annual sale – the charity pull.
The Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment and Baked Goods Sale is a longstanding tradition that raises funds for missions. But many people may not know about the other very important way in which the sale helps women and children in need.
At the close of each sale, all of the unsold items that have been marked for donation are made available to families in need, as well as charities such as Project 82, Foster Care Support Foundation, Hands of Hope, The Garden, and so many more. Each family is paired with a volunteer to personally assist them as they select items for their children. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to build relationships with those who may not have a church home. During this time, stories are shared and hearts are changed. Children’s faces light up as they find a special toy. Burdens are eased as parents find much needed clothing items for the upcoming season. Many of Mt. Bethel’s mission partners and other organizations replenish their supplies so that they will be prepared to serve others. Above all, Jesus is glorified as we become His hands and feet to the least and the lost in our community and around the world.
The easiest way to increase the sale’s impact on missions is for consignors to donate their unsold items. This allows for a larger selection during the charity pull on Saturday and saves you a return trip to the church to pick up those items. They will make a world of difference in our community and beyond. Volunteering for the charity pull is also a way to increase the sale’s focus on missions and to extend the love of Christ to those in need. Thank you to all who were involved in the charity pull last weekend. The experience was a blessing and lives were touched in ways that we will never fully realize.