Update from Celebrate Mount Pleasant
“Hope is essential to the spirit, it fuels energy and efforts to rise above adversity. Hope is future orientated, no matter how bleak the present……Hope and spirituality are a wellspring for resilience.” – Froma Walsh
This is a quote that was shared with us months before Celebrate Mount Pleasant began. We shared it the morning of CMP with all who were there, not realizing how this year would look or feel.
The day was like no other in years past. The morning was filled with very unexpected obstacles that were difficult to overcome. Myself and others felt a spiritual darkness in Mount Pleasant, then a dark cloud was seen heading directly for us. I immediately ran to the prayer tent and said we need to pray against this because that darkness is coming here and in a hurry. They prayed–a lot–the prayer was for God to breathe life into Mount Pleasant and cleanse it from this dark spirit that was attacking the area. The wind picked up and the rain came down in buckets. It was starting to look like we were done, washed out, finished….but we weren’t! It seemed like this was God’s way of washing away all the darkness that was engulfingthe area. His breath filled the area so we could
minister to the people. (The tents didn’t take the wind as well, but they survived with a little ingenuity.)
By noon, we saw the blue sky coming! The atmosphere started to change, people began coming out of their homes, smiles started to shine, and you could hear laughter in the distance. Hope was in the air and everything started to feel different. It was good!
Nine Mini Make-Overs were completed by Sunday afternoon. So many blessings happened in those homes! We had families in awe of the items they received and the relationship they have with their teams. We even had one family want their home blessed room by room before the day was over. It was incredible!
The baseball field looked great, the garden was filled with plants, the mural was bright and beautiful, and the whole area looked amazing with all the new mulch and clean up.
The Fair at Mount Pleasant ended the day with lots of laughter,
smiles, and fellowship. Folks got wet in the dunk tank, rode Tiny & Leo, and got to visit the many booths that offered opportunities that could enhance their lives. It was wonderful!
I’m not going to lie. It felt bleak at times and the adversity was tough to get through. We learned a lot this year about not letting your guard down or taking things for granted. In the end, Jesus was right there, walking all of us through it. He is our Hope and He loves Mount Pleasant and wants to bless all that live, work and serve there.
We are going to be in Mount Pleasant for many years to come and a little adversity is not going to stop us from bringing the message of Hope to His children. As followers, we are resilient that way.
For everyone that came out for Celebrate Mount Pleasant, we thank you. You are a testimony to this community by bringing hope into their hearts and showing them that they are important to God! You are amazing!
“Now that we have been made right with God by putting our trust in Him, we have peace with Him. It is because of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us. By putting our trust in God, He has given us His loving-favor and has received us. We are happy for the hope we have of sharing the shining-greatness of God. We are glad for our troubles also. We know that troubles help us learn not to give up. When we have learned not to give up, it shows we have stood the test. When we have stood the test, it gives us hope. Hope never makes us ashamed because the love of God has come into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.” ~ Romans 5:1-5 (NLV)
Looking forward to what’s next and working with you all again!
In the Spirit,
Chris Knapp, Steve Briggs & Mollie Rusczyk