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The Healing Power of Serving

Sherrill Johnston discovered benefits of serving that she didn't know existed:

A few years back I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the State of Alabama’s Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer annual conference. The suggested topic for the conference was "The Healing Power of Volunteering."

At the time my work was heavily involved in recruiting and training over 700 persons annually for short-term missions to various sites in South America - so it seemed natural that I would be comfortable with and capable of speaking to this group of avid servants about serving.

But despite ALL of the recruiting I had done and was doing I had never, ever considered the HEALING POWER of serving! I began to do my research and here is what I discovered in the process:

Those who serve have:

  • Lower mortality rates
  • Greater functional ability
  • Lower rates of depression
Serving also:
  • Helps you make new friends & contacts
  • Increases your social & relationship skills
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Combats depression
  • Helps you stay physically healthy
  • Provides career experience
  • Teaches you valuable job skills
In addition, when we share our gifts and talents, we:
  • Solve problems
  • Strengthen communities
  • Improve lives
  • Connect to others
  • Transform our own lives
When it comes to serving, PASSION & POSITIVITY are the only requirements!

Sounds like we should all consider serving in some form or fashion, doesn’t it? Why would we not serve when the benefits are so great?

At Trietsch we are organizing a new mission team for the purpose of "Calendaring – Communicating – Connecting – and Celebrating" the numerous mission events & opportunities offered through the church. It is the mission team’s goal to effectively communicate mission opportunities in hopes of connecting all persons to serve for the mission opportunities offered by the church or the greater community.

We hope for everyone to be "ALL IN" by finding a place to serve. Why? Because of all the HEALING benefits I listed above but, better yet, because Jesus stated the greatest healing benefit when He said: 

"If we try to save our life we will lose it – but if we lose our lives in His service we will find life." (Matthew 16:25)

Are YOU ready to be ALL IN with us? The benefits are priceless! To get connected and serve, email Clay Horton at clayh@tmumc.org.

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