The Parable of the Rolls Royce
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17
The photograph you see in the header above is a 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. It was discovered on the side of the road in Hendersonville, NC. The Rolls’ well weathered and disheveled body with Kudzu slowly threatening its existence seemed profoundly out of place with its surroundings. If one purchased this car in the USA in 1959 the price would have cost around $25,000. If one could purchase that same Rolls Royce in its new pristine condition on the aftermarket today one would expect to pay around $350,000 to $425,000. When this Rolls Royce was acquired in 1959 we can imagine that it was the most prized possession its buyer could purchase. It was always maintained, polished often, driven respectfully, and was very well cared for.
Along the way this car was parked. For some reason it was neglected and at some point it was abandoned. We cannot imagine how it went from a valuable possession to a rusting and seemingly useless object withering in the elements.
Our brothers and sisters who call the streets "home" were once bright and new. Each one’s mother looked down at her child when they was born and knew this was the most valuable thing in her life. The baby’s fate in life did not reflect her mother’s dreams for her. But along the way and for some reason we may never know, a child was left alone. She was abandoned, fell in disrepair and was left to wither in the elements.
The good news is that this Rolls Royce was restored to a new condition. It is a valued car and is well cared for. It is driven daily, is polished often and kept in an air conditioned garage. The people in need, those people we serve, can be restored as well. We have seen restoration at Grace Place, in Honduras and throughout all of our ministries and outreach programs.
A Summary of Our Mission
The Missions and Outreach Ministry at Galloway seeks to strengthen our witness to Christ through mission and service to others. The mission model that we have embraced is based on the Great Commission, Jesus’ final words to his followers.
Jesus said, “You will be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” Acts 1:8
Our mission is to touch everyone in our Jerusalem, our local neighborhood, our Judea and Samaria, our broader community, and our ends of the earth, including international missions, with the love and grace of Jesus Christ that brings about true and eternal transformation in people’s lives.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering and get plugged in with a ministry to serve, contact Sharon Davis, Director of Missions and Outreach, at SDavis@gallowayumc.org