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Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists


by Ann-Marie Jackson, Gleacia Phillips-Wilson
North Port, Fla., Church members take their mission seriously to reach out in the community. This past October, the congregation hosted its second Gas Card Giveaway and presented $25 gas cards, along with goodie bags and refreshments, to the first 60 people who registered.
Recipients were initially skeptical, then pleasantly surprised to find there were no strings attached. Many asked, “You mean I don’t have to do anything?” Members responded, “We, as a church, want to show God’s love in a more practical way.”
The Gas Card Giveaway program began after Pastor John Mills challenged members to be creative in reaching out to the community. Carol Stephenson was among the first who was inspired to take on the challenge, followed by several other members.
Demographic information was gathered during the second event which will help the church members express God’s love in a more practical way through targeted programming and missional outreach.