AugustaDid you have a good weekend? The weather in Georgia was sunny, flip-flop weather. I loved it.

I spent my Saturday in Augusta, Georgia. I spoke at the Global Impact Conference at Mosiac United Methodist Church at their Saturday night women’s dinner. I loved everything about the evening. The focus on the weekend was missions and the spotlight for the night was sex trafficking. Jane Whitehead of Hope for Today spoke about the issue of sex trafficking in India, then I shared about the issue on the home front.

Mosaic Global Impact Susan Norris and Jane Whitehead

Mosaic Global Impact
Susan Norris and Jane Whitehead

When I arrived, I found two things on the tables very interesting. First, there was a book of matches at each place setting that read,

Mosaic loves smokers.”

Their church has a huge addiction recovery program and recognizes that cigarette smoking is usually the last addiction to go; but they wants people to know they’re welcome, no matter the issue. Mosaic will walk it out with you. Because of my work with sex trafficking survivors, this made my heart sing. It was obvious the people of this church understand the healing process is long at times, and it requires people willing to go the long haul with you for success.

The next thing I found interesting was the centerpieces. Each table had a circular mirror with candles around it and in the center on the mirror was a tool. It looked like someone had walked through the room and emptied their toolbox, on tool at a time. The message was clear,

We cannot build much on our own, however, when we come together, bringing our individualized skills and talents, the opportunities are endless.

As the Body of Christ, we’re each gifted in different ways. Romans 12:6 says,

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

And 1 Corinthians 12:7 says,

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

As the saying goes, many hands make light work. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to build an orphanage, travel on a short term mission trip, or minister to drug addicts or survivors of sex trafficking, it takes the Body of Christ working together to make an impact.

What skill or talent do you have to bring to the table? Don’t say you don’t have one, because Scripture made it clear we all do. Where are you being called to use your skills and talents? Is it in the fight against sex trafficking? Great! We need more people on board. Is it in your church working with the youth? Bravo!

Ask the Lord what ministry He’s calling you to and then step in, bringing all you have to offer, and watch what He’ll do in you and through you. Never forget 1 Thessalonians 5:24,

The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.