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Operation In As Much volunteers head out into the community Friday, Sept. 24
Pastor Doug Davis from Rappahannock Baptist Church has been working hard on an innovative community project called ‘Operation In As Much Project.’
He first learned about this community-based program while attending a conference a few years ago. The idea was originally developed by David Crocker, pastor of Snyder-Memorial Church in Fayetteville, N.C., whose church averages about 450 volunteers who go out into the community on a Saturday twice a year. His idea has quickly spread across the United States and has had great success. When Davis discovered how much this area would benefit from this program, he didn’t hesitate. He saw this as the perfect opportunity to implement it here immediately.
Essentially, Operation In A Much is a one day mobilized mission blitz that will take place Sept. 24 and involves Christians doing the work of the church outside its walls.
Davis and other volunteers see this as an effective way for church members to show and practice the word of God through example, by giving aide to those in need at no cost.
The church gets out into the community to do projects such as fixing wheel chair ramps, home repairs, yard work, home-bound visitation, giving free food, school supplies, doing needed sewing projects, vehicle maintenance, child care, installing smoke alarms, assembling personal hygiene kits, free clothing, delivering firewood, taking people to their doctor’s appointments, and much more.
Davis approached other local churches with the idea, and after hearing his seminar, members didn’t hesitate to become a part of the project. Currently, the other churches that have joined together with Rappahanock Baptist church to give aide many local citizens in need are Welcome Grove Baptist Church, Nomini Baptist Church, Ebenezer Methodist Church, Totuskey Baptist Church, Warsaw Baptist Church and Menokin Baptist Church.
“When I learned what this program was all about, I knew if I spoke with our congregation and the other local churches, something good would happen,” Davis said. “I believe God brought us together to do this. God allows certain paths to cross for reasons.”
Davis explained Operation In As Much is interdenominational and intergenerational. He said they do it because of the love Jesus Christ has shown to them. Being out in the community is an important part of sharing that love.
When Davis surveyed the needs of the church, the constant topic was doing mission work, he said.
“… By implementing the program, we would show that it is kingdom focused and not just focusing on ourselves,” Davis said.
Liz Sanders, one of the program co-coordinators, explained how the group choose specific projects.
“The people who really need our help are already known to the church,” she said. “The planning team picks the projects six weeks out and implements the volunteers who will then pick two projects that they want to do.”
The morning the Operation In As Much Project begins, everyone will meet on the grounds of Rappahannock Community College and from there the team leaders will take their volunteers out to their particular project. Babysitting and lunch will be provided to all the volunteers if they don’t have arrangements for either.
“The projects are designed to be completed in one day,” Davis said. “Inclement weather is a factor also as some projects may take more than one day.”
Members of the community will be able to identify volunteers by their red T-shirts with “Operation In As Much Project” printed on the front and a passage from the Bible on the back: “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto me,” Matthew 25:40.
Sanders said the volunteers purchase their own T-shirts, and the proceeds go directly into the project funding. The money from this year’s fundraising and the purchase of the shirts will be used to purchase supplies to complete the projects, and many other donations such as food, clothes and building supplies have come from many of their church members. Any funds left over will be carried over to next year’s campaign, Davis explained.
“After the projects completion that day, we will all share our own personal experience which will define how we will do the following year.”
On Sept. 24, keep an eye out for volunteers wearing the red ‘Operation In As Much Project’ T-shirts, donating their time to do God’s work.
“We do this not just for the church, but for the love of Christ,” Davis said. “We want to show that the church is out into the community and that we genuinely care.”