Carmel UMC



01.15.18 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier


    In the church when we talk about missions and outreach, we often speak about it through an organized, church planned mission. If you know me at all, you know that missions are a real passion of mine.

    Years ago I was inspired by a story, so want to share it with you.

    A lady, who will remain unnamed, was going through the Indianapolis Airport. People in the Security Check were grumbling about what nonsense the process was, blah, blah, blah. An elderly lady who stood in a different line was struggling with her luggage and pocketbook, and travel items. She was also confused about what to do, how to do it, she couldn't get her shoes off, and a host of other things. The Security Officials were not helping the situation.

    There was a gentleman close by who sat down all of his belongings and began to help this elderly lady. It was fascinating to witness him come to her aid, as no one else was making a move to help. He was talking to her, making conversation, helping her untie her shoes, putting her things in one of those bins, and making sure she was at ease. He helped her through the screening gate, then calmly put his things on the belt, went through security, and immediately began to help the elderly lady put her shoes back on and gather her belongings.

    In the meantime, this woman had reached into her purse to show this kind stranger pictures of her family. He made a big fuss over the photos, then he asked for a wheelchair so he could help her get to her gate. They disappeared down the concourse together...he was pushing the wheelchair and she was jabbering with him. 

    The unnamed lady who observed all of this, later saw just beyond a little restaurant, a group of people gathered, all excited, shaking hands, etc. and in the center of them was THE KIND GENTLEMAN who helped the elderly lady.  The unnamed lady thought, there was something familiar about this man and finally was  Tony Dungy! Her realization was confirmed as she saw the huge diamond Super Bowl ring on his finger!

    Daily opportunities to serve...are you watching and willing to make the extra effort? What excites me about missions and outreach, are the secret opportunities we have within our daily settings to spontaneously serve for the simple be the hands and feet of Christ. These moments truly do reflect our heart for Jesus.

    Wouldn't it be cool for someone to witness you in this kind of situation and then tell someone about this wonderful moment???!!!

    blessings, Patti

    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC

     "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."     Jeremiah 29:11