Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mission Update: Out of the Mothballs and Into the Frying Pan

Out of the Mothballs and Into the Frying Pan


     Tom Edwards discovered that retirement was not what he had hoped it would be.  Tom had longed for the day when he could idyllically pursue his interests in oil painting and golf, but he quickly discovered that too much time in the studio or on the golf course left him feeling empty and unsatisfied.  After prayerful deliberation, he came to the conclusion that God had other ideas for his retirement.  At seventy-two, Tom is an urban missionary.  He carries the Gospel of Jesus Christ to homeless people living on the streets.  Recently, Tom and his volunteers set up a breakfast ministry at Wayside Christian Mission.  Once a week, Tom and his crew serve breakfast—a real roadhouse breakfast of eggs, sausage, pork tenderloin, biscuits and gravy to those in our emergency shelter on East Jefferson Street.  He feeds the body and he feeds the soul with God's message of love and redemption.  While many of us think of missionaries as ministers who travel around the globe, Tom is convinced that there is a great mission field here in downtown Louisville.  It may well be that the most important work that Tom will ever do in his life is taking place during retirement.