LHVE Workday And Building Update
On December 12th several folks from Living Hope Piperton and Living Hope Vollintine Evergreen joined forces to clean out the basement floor of the old McLean education building. This particular floor had not been used in decades, except for storage. Our prayer, however, is that a new partner will soon take permanent residence there. While this partner cannot yet be named publicly, we are very encouraged about the likelihood of our LHVEbuilding housing a non-profit that will bless the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood and give our church an even bigger footprint in the city of Memphis. At this point, we encourage you to pray for our elders and the leadership of the other non-profit as they construct a relationship that is mutually beneficial financially, legally, and with regards to each’s mission.
As of now, our building is nearly 70-80% full, which is a miracle worked by the Lord ever since we received the building as a gift in April of 2012. Our current partners consist of:
- Living Hope Vollintine Evergreen – the church planted by Living Hope Piperton (ve.lhchurch.com)
- The Vollintine Evergreen Neighborhood School – a non- profit offering early childhood education and afteschool care, and hopefully adult education very soon (venschool.com)
- Two Alcoholics Anonymous groups
- Project: Motion – a non-profit, community based dance company
- Redemptive Refuge – an anti-sex-trafficking awareness non-profit
- Downline – a discipleship non-profit
- McLean Baptist Church – the church that gifted the building to us
Additionally, we allow the Vollintine Evergreen Neighborhood Association to use our building as much as possible. We have also just finished our playground which was completely a volunteer project led in large part by Lee Upchurch, a member at Living Hope Piperton.
And so, what may seem like simple manual labor is really kingdom work, making room for even more ministry to take place in the building that we steward. More workdays are sure to come. On December 12th, we donated and threw away a ton of stuff, even to the point that we we created a traffic jam on Jackson Ave because of all the stuff that we gave away to neighborhood residents. The highlight of the day (besides the free Chick-Fil-A) was having residents begin to haul stuff away on their own in order to get first dibs on the stuff coming out. It was at that point that laughter broke out everywhere. A common mission, free food, and laughter all make for a great workday. Be on the lookout for the next one and don’t miss out on the fun!
Written by Justin Burkhead – Pastor LHVE