The North American Mission Board’s Send Relief compassion ministry will host an MLK Day of Service Jan. 20 at its ministry centers in Ashland, Ky., Clarkston, Ga. and Pittsburgh and at five locations around Puerto Rico.
The Send Relief webpage announcing the effort lists the day’s primary task as collecting gently used children’s clothing for children placed in foster care “with only the items on their back.” The Puerto Rico locations will collect food and clothing for residents still reeling from recent earthquakes and from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
“Everything we do through Send Relief is about mobilizing people to meet tangible needs,” Send Relief vice president Ray Clark told Baptist Press. “We expect this event to be a great opportunity for people and churches to do just that. They will be a great witness to their community.
“When the people of God are mobilized, they go with the Holy Spirit and with eyes wide open to finding those who are open to spiritual conversations and hearing the Gospel. We believe many will hear about Christ through the MLK Day is Service.”
A Send Relief announcement about the events said, “Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become a time to not only celebrate [King’s] legacy, but to use it as an opportunity to help people in need. We invite you to join Send Relief for this national day of service as we meet needs and change lives at one of the Send Relief ministry centers or in your own community.”
Source: Baptist Press