Texas Port Ministry is one of the only places that I know of where you can do local, state, North American, and International missions all in one location. We're able to minister to port workers who live right here in Brazoria County, truck drivers from all over the state and country, and seafarers from over 50 different countries around the world. We encourage churches and small groups to partner with us in our missions work. This week we had two different groups from Brazos Pointe Fellowship in Lake Jackson work with us.
On Tuesday night we had an adult small group who came and ate dinner at our ministry center. After dinner Bobby gave them a tour of the center. Then they joined in missions by cleaning up the Blessing Room (our clothes closet ministry) and signing Christmas cards that will be included in the Christmas gifts we give out this year. This mission group participated in behind the scenes work. It's work that doesn't always seem important. However, the work they did will be beneficial to many people. Every year we receive cards of thanks from seafarers and truck drivers who receive a signed Christmas card. Sometimes this Christmas gift and card are the only gifts they'll receive that holiday season. The fact that someone cares enough to personally sign a card for them blesses them in ways that we can never imagine. This work also frees up our volunteers and staff to be able to handle other aspects of the ministry rather than be tied up with the day to day details of sorting and folding clothing. Sometimes missions work happens in the back room behind the scenes where no one else can see.
On Wednesday night we had a group of high school boys who came to the ministry center. We had planned for them to wash vans, but they arrived just as it was getting dark. Instead, Bobby brought them into the center and gave them a tour of the facilities. While they were here a group of seafarers off the FAIRCHEM BRONCO came into the center for phone cards. Bobby and the boys engaged the seafarers in conversation about their work and their families back home. A truck driver also came into the center during this time. The boys were able to hear from the truck driver about his life on the road. The driver shared with the boys about the way that Texas Port Ministry has blessed him over the months that he's been coming. He told the boys about how lonely it is on the road and about the MP3 audio Bible Bobby gave him and how this has been helpful to him when he's overcome with loneliness. This mission group was involved in the front end of missions work. They didn't share the gospel with anyone, and no one was saved during their time here, but the boys engaged people in conversation. Sometimes missions work is simply being friendly and sharing the love of Christ with the people you meet.
Missions work can take on many different forms. As Christians, we're called to be involved in sharing God's Word with the people around us and to the ends of the earth. Where is God calling you to serve? In your neighborhood? On the other side of the world? Or maybe even at Texas Port Ministry? Join Him in His work and partner with us in Shipping the Good News around the World.