Guest post by Hunter Lees, Christ Academy Residency Program intern

This is the second post in a series on SOS. >>Read the first post here.

How did you get connected to SOS, and in what ways have you served?
I got connected to SOS through Tom Marino when he was the youth director at Christ Church. At the time, it was not officially called SOS, but just an idea that Tom envisioned wherein the youth of the church could serve the local community with a “mission project” to help one family in the inner city that badly needed some home repair. As the first few years unfolded, Tom would give me a few addresses to go by and visit with potential homeowners in need of repairs and determine their needs and our ability to do the repairs.

How have you seen God move in the ministry?
This question would require a novel to fully answer! I have been involved for so many years that I have seen so many incredible blessings for the homeowners we serve, the teenagers who have come to know Christ through their service and the life-changing blessings for the adult volunteers who caught the vision.

What encouragement would you give to someone who wants to serve?
This is so often articulated for those who get involved in mission work, but it is so true: “I feel I have been more blessed than anyone.” The very act of following Christ by serving is at least as valuable as the lives we have changed through SOS for over 30 years. My advice to anyone considering mission involvement is to “just try it.” God has a way of moving His followers from that initial act of service.

As the SOS mission statement states so well: “Service Over Self (SOS) exists to glorify God by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development.”

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