Each year King Moravian Church (King, NC) hosts a Mission Blitz weekend in October. Participants from faith communities across the area help neighbors with all kinds of home improvements and maintenance.
The Blitz began about 18 years ago thanks to youth in the church. They had gone to Mission Camp at Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp in the mountains of North Carolina, and came home asking why they weren’t doing the same kind of service work for people in their hometown.
Paula Hall, church member and director of the King Senior Center, shared, “The first year, our church did it on our own, but the second year, more churches joined us.”
Local agencies send referrals to King Moravian; these range from pressure-washing to painting to bathroom renovations, wheelchair ramp construction, and more.
In 2022 King received a $2,000 grant from the Housing and Shelter Fund. They utilized it to purchase lumber as its cost has increased greatly over the last several years.
Mission Blitzers enjoy the opportunity to meet the individuals and families they serve. Rachael Butts, King’s Director of Christian Education, shared that the volunteers received smiles, gratitude, and kindness from people who they otherwise would probably never meet.