MOVE: Working Toward Self-Sufficiency
Mission Outpost has provided food, household linens, furniture and other items for people in need for the past several years. Our partnership with the Salvation Army has allowed us to expand our services. This has proved to be a great partnership, however, members of Prince of Peace have been asking the question, “What are we doing to help people MOVE toward self-sufficiency?”
In 2012 staff members embarked on a journey to learn what other congregations and ministries in the Twin Cities area are doing to help the people they serve move toward self-sufficiency. After gathering this information and looking at what we already do so well, we decided to discern what a natural outreach from Mission Outpost would be. A Leadership Team comprised of volunteers from Mission Outpost was formed. Leaders included hosts Sue Chan, Jan Palmquist and Sue McGibbon; home food delivery volunteer Polly Bergerson; furniture ministry volunteer Bob Pelton; and Mega Sale volunteer Julie Abear. The team began read When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. As we read the book together we learned how important it is to people’s stories and learn what they believe they need to meet the challenges they face every day.
Out of our reading and discussion came a ministry called MOVE. Our goal with MOVE is to empower and support people as they work toward self-sufficiency. In order to learn what those coming to Mission Outpost need, our first step is to have conversations with families. During the coming months trained Conversation Hosts will listen to 150 families’ stories. From those conversations and other research we are conducting we will make a recommendation for the next step for MOVE.
Please support us through prayer over the next several months and prayerfully consider how you can get involved in MOVE in the near future.