RUSHVILLE, Ind. – A man had a dream and together with St. Paul’s UMC of Rushville and God. That dream came true this past Aug. 4. The dream was to reach people in need anytime of the year, within a 200-mile radius of the church.

A benefactor of the new ministry found a used moving van, purchased it and donated it to the church.

A naming of the ministry was held within the church. Leaders chose the name “St. Paul’s UMC Hope Spot (Helping Other People Everywhere – St. Paul’s On Tour).

An area company donated the graphics for the side of the trailer.

For its first project, the congregation donated back-to-school items for children and youth, along with gently used and new clothing.

On Aug. 4, the congregation shared with the families of the community what they would need for their children to walk into school the day it opened for the new school year.

Members and friends served more than 60 families. Children laughed as they picked out backpacks and received the prescribed school supplies they would need. They watched smiles appear on faces of children and parents, as they looked through the clothing. Church members met many children and parents who lived in the community. They also gathered names and addresses and with this information, St. Paul’s church can make future connections with those students and their parents.

This was the first event in the life of Hope Spot. St. Paul’s church’s goal is to make available to the community, and especially in times of crises, the things survivors might need. The church is specializing in clothing and household items.

In the spring they plan on holding a large-trailer sale, making available to the community clothing and items residents might need for spring and summer months.

St. Paul’s began this dream with a program called The Christmas Store, held the first Saturday in December. The purpose of the day is to make available to families in need, clothing, toys and household items they can give to their children and each other during the Christmas season.

The Hope Spot takes The Christmas Store a step further and will be rediscovered with a desire to share the love of Jesus in a new way.

This story was submitted by St. Paul’s UMC of Rushville.

Hope Spot
Members of Rushville’s St. Paul’s UMC provide items for residents in need. They stand beside their “new” moving van bearing the name of their ministry – Hope Spot.

Photo courtesy St. Paul’s UMC