Glory Ridge Mission Experience 2022
What is “Glory Ridge” and why is it so meaningful to so many people? GREAT QUESTION! “Glory Ridge” is a place in the mountains near Marshall, NC “where a Carpenter mends broken hearts.” Its natural beauty is enhanced by the people who come to “the Ridge” to serve people in need, to absorb the beauty of nature, to live one week experiencing the Presence of God without a gazillion distractions, and to worship under the stars as fireflies dance in the evening reminding us to embrace the “little things” that light up our lives! Imagine….. our young people do NOT have their cell phones and the adults only use their phones if supplies are needed to be brought to them on their work sites! WOW!
Glory Ridge offers something very special! It offers each of us the opportunity to slow down and to hear the whisper of God. On our worksites, work is done together and our resident’s houses & their lives are improved. Our young people learn about the mountains and their culture. Lives are changed as relationships are built! Back on “the Ridge” there is time to explore the beauty of God’s Creation…… the French Broad River, walking to the Overlook, sitting with friends on the top of “the Ridge, or in the Worship Pavilion talking, sharing, laughing, being together with no other distractions. Yes, Glory Ridge is simple and filled with time and space to ponder the glory and the love of our God!
YES! We worked hard on four different homes! We helped restore electricity and running water to a family whose home had been damaged by a fire and we purchased a new refrigerator & washing machine for her. We removed a rotten deck from another resident’s home and build a new porch for her to enjoy. Another group built steps at two locations so the elderly residents could walk out of their houses safely. We built relationships with people who lived differently yet we worship and love the same God. We served. We listened. We learned. We laughed. We worshipped. We discovered the deep joy and God’s Love & Grace together. We came back to Wilmington tired and dirty ready to go back to Glory Ridge in 2023!