Labor of Love
“But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:9-12
Formed from the desire to aid those in need and for the propulsion of the Gospel, Labor of Love supports the work of several sound missions organizations as well as its own endeavors.
These endeavors include local outreaches to that which is worldwide. Our desire is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone, anywhere at any time. We are committed to undergo whatever task the Lord may entrust into our hands.
Saturdays @ 11am
The downtown outreach started in 2002 with a simple desire: to seek and find those in our area that are going through some tough times and minister to them on a very practical and personal level. A small group sacked up 12 lunches and began to roam the streets of Joplin, looking for those to whom we could minister.
Up until 2012 that purpose and vision remained. We built 80 sack lunches a week (totaling over 30,000! Praise the Lord!) and were blessed with the opportunity to not only serve the less fortunate in our town, but have come to know them on a very personal level. The outreach has continued to grow and as we have let the Lord lead, He has taken us in directions we couldn’t have ever imagined.
Our weekly service now focuses around the Salvation Army. The Lord has opened doors for us to minister and love the people that gather there weekly as well as the staff that dedicate their lives for the good of others. The consistent service has lead us to be a part of so many different things including: Family Day, Disaster Relief, leading services at the City of Refuge, and have been in a part of so many other things. We’ve celebrated birthdays, offered grief counseling and prayer support, we’ve rejoiced with them in the good times and stood by them in the bad times. It’s truly an honor to know them and to encourage them with the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
In 2012, The Lord opened a huge door for us. Now, instead of doing the sack lunches, we have taken full responsibility for the planning of and the executing of the Saturday noon meal.
We seek to fulfill the Lord’s desire to reach our community by serving in various capacities on a local level. Over the years this has proved to be a valuable tool for opening doors to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Mobile Meals-- Since November of 2014 we have had the opportunity to hand out evening meals at the Budget Inn and various other camps and gathering places for the homeless community on a weekly basis. If you are interested, meet us at The Salvation Army on Thursdays at 5:00pm.
Family Day – Annual Back to School event to bless those families in need of school supplies.
The Harvest— At the Chap, our annual event, on October 31st, gives families a safe, friendly alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
Downtown Joplin Third Thursday—We set up a pop-up tent and have various activities for the kids to participate in while on the Art Walk.
Bright Futures—We are the faith-based partners for Soaring Heights Elementary.
Tailgate Parties—A couple times a season we like to do a tailgate prior to a Joplin High School and/or an MSSU football game.
Van Ministry-- We have been blessed to have the ability to use our church van to grab folks for church. If you need a ride on a Sunday morning, give us a call.