Episode 312

Hundreds Join Serve Tour in Montgomery, States Pass Gender Protection Bills & Bridging Generations

Mar 15, 2023

Hundreds of volunteers from 79 churches across the United States gathered in Montgomery, Alabama this past weekend to participate in Send Relief’s first Serve Tour stop of 2023. More than 800 from more than a dozen states gathered to serve. Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are the latest states to pass new legislation protecting minors from transgender surgery and hormonal treatment. And, an open forum discussion at Grayson First Baptist Church on a Wednesday night turned into an opportunity for young and older members to learn more about each other.

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Hundreds of volunteers from 79 churches across the United States gathered in Montgomery, Alabama this past weekend to participate in Send Relief’s first Serve Tour stop of 2023. More than 800 from more than a dozen states gathered to serve.

Volunteers linked arms to bless nurses and first responders, beautify schools, host neighborhood block parties and assist local families with projects in and around their homes.

At one of the Serve Tour project, volunteers were able to share a gospel witness with s family and led two women to Christ on the first day of ministry.

Heritage Baptist Church, near Montgomery, is one of 79 churches that participated in Serve Tour Montgomery, hosting and volunteering in several compassion ministry projects throughout the weekend.

Teeman Knight, pastor of Heritage Baptist, decided to use Serve Tour as an opportunity to bless nurses and first responders through two different events. On Friday night, the church planned a “Nurses Night Out,” welcoming more than 200 nurses and their guests for a catered meal and to honor them.

Serve Tour Montgomery was the first stop in Send Relief’s 2023 international Serve Tour, which includes seven other stops in cities like Chicago, Bangkok and Philadelphia. If your church is interested in serving in an upcoming Serve Tour location, visit Send Relief’s website.
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Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are the latest states to pass new legislation protecting minors from transgender surgery and hormonal treatment.

The three states join Utah and South Dakota bringing to five the number of states that prohibit gender-changing medical treatment on children.

Similar bills are progressing in 22 states, according to tracking sites.
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An open forum discussion at Grayson First Baptist Church on a Wednesday night turned into an opportunity for young and older members to learn more about each other.

They set up one-on-one interviews for those under-25 and those over-25 . They had lists of questions to ask each other developed through the staff, the pastor said. Each person was to have three “interviews” with the other generation.

Most of them were ice-breaker questions but many of them went much deeper. One teenage girl accepted the Lord after meeting with an older woman in the church who held her hand during the entire interview.

Church leaders were so encouraged by the forums they scheduled them throughout the summer.

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