Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. The stories in the 2013 Mission Yearbook were gathered around the question of Jesus to his disciples, “How many loaves have you?” from Mark 6:38. The book is filled with stories of God’s abundance in the face of overwhelming needs and a scarcity of resources.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: June 19, 2013

HOLSTON PRESBYTERY, TENNESSEE - First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport has operated a clothes closet for more than 50 years. This ministry started with one mother “recycling” the clothes her children had outgrown, but the idea of passing good clothing on to others was received warmly by the congregation. Today, over 4,500 families have been assisted by this ministry.

As the only active clothes closet in the area, it assists needy families with anything from socks and underwear to men’s suits, women’s purses, children’s clothes, shoes, and belts. The Salvation Army, Red Cross, local police and fire departments, and other churches make referrals to the clothes closet. The entire community donates good used clothing—and a fair amount of new items—to this endeavor. A large number of volunteers gather early every Monday morning to sort, fold, hang, and display a little bit of everything. The clothes closet opens each Tuesday at 9 a.m. to an eager clientele awaiting the chance to gather needed items.

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