Operation Inasmuch blitzes Wendell
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
May 17, 2010

Operation Inasmuch blitzes Wendell

Operation Inasmuch blitzes Wendell
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
May 17, 2010

On a hot Saturday morning

May 1 Rhonda and Kent Lambert made their way down the street in a neighborhood

not too far from Central Baptist Church.

They left a flyer about the

church at each home, prayed for the families in that neighborhood and talked to

those they met on the street.

The Lamberts are hoping to

join other members of their Sunday School class and begin a Bible study in the


“This is the greatest

opportunity for us to do what we say we want to do,” Rhonda said. That’s what

Operation Inasmuch is all about — local churches getting out in the community

and serving others.

As many as 1,000 North

Carolina Baptist churches participated in Operation Inasmuch April 24 and May

1, joining hands in a one-day missions blitz.

From children to senior

adults, Central Baptist volunteers met for prayer at 8 a.m. before heading out

to their various project sites in Wendell.

Members of Central Baptist Church of Wendell work on a project for Operation Inasmuch May 1, one of the days set aside for statewide mission projects. See photo gallery (including other links to related stories) for more pictures from Central Baptist and other churches.

Tammy Johnson and her

daughter Lauren, who is in elementary school, served at two local assisted

living facilities.

Tammy and Lauren visit

assisted living facilities several times throughout the year. Tammy hopes that

by involving Lauren in such a ministry at a young age will “instill in her that

this is what we’re here for.”

Tammy knows that with her

busy schedule it would be easy to forget that serving others needs to be a

priority in life — and so she must be intentional in teaching that to her


At the assisted living

facility church members passed out pillows and walker aprons they made earlier.

One team visited a couple no longer able to attend services at Central.

Within a few minutes of the

team arriving the couple was reminiscing about time spent with people at the

church and sharing how much they missed being able to attend services. Other

Operation Inasmuch projects included construction and roofing on a facility at

a local park and packing boxes of food to give to families in need. Central’s

youth took the lead in adopt-a-highway clean up in front of the church.

Pastor Ed Rose spent most of

his time helping with construction and yard work at the home of a single

mother, a woman who is the friend of a church member, but antagonistic to

Christian faith.

Rose wants Operation

Inasmuch to be the “springboard” for other opportunities of community outreach.

“We want our identity to be missions and evangelism,” he said. In a day when

churches are not always known for these two things, Rose wants Central to be a

noticeable presence in the community. “If the church left in some communities,

no one would miss it,” he said.

Operation Inasmuch is a chance

for churches across the state to “go beyond missions giving to missions going,”

Rose said. “And that starts here. We want to be a people who are constantly

looking and planning to serve the community.”

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story, click here.