Operation Inasmuch Day held by Baptists
berryville — Berryville Baptist Church held its fourth annual Operation Inasmuch Day April 20.
Through a variety of activities, the church touched the lives of more than 200 Berryville residents.
Operation Inasmuch is based on a Bible verse where Jesus says in Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as you did it for the least of these, you did it for me.”
Operation Inasmuch has international reach, with more than 1,600 churches in 21 states and three countries participating in its Compassion Revolution.
The day started with breakfast supplied by one of the teams.
A “free for all” yard sale held at the church where all items were free and included household items, clothes, electronics, toys, bicycles and more.
People passing through the intersection of Main Street and Church Street received bottled water and a “Good morning!” from the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dan Stanley and the others on the Water Bottle team.
Three teams held hymn sings at nursing homes and then visited with residents afterward.
In advance of the Inasmuch Day, congregants wrote notes on greeting cards and a team shared these personally with all of the residents at Golden Living at Rose Hill nursing home. One team filled baskets with fruit and other treats for 20 homebound people.
Several teams performed physical labor — cleaning up yards and washing windows for some residents, washing windshields at a local gas station and picking up roadside litter.
One team filled bags with first aid items and delivered them to residents in one of the apartment complexes.
Another team baked special treats and shared them with the sheriff’s office, police station, fire hall and teachers, in appreciation for the work they do.
This year, the children decorated flower pots, planted violets in them and visited nursing home residents to give away the items.
The church starts with scheduled activities but these often grow as the teams see other needs. As one example, the roadside clean-up crew was assigned to pick up litter along Senseny Road from U.S. 340 to Westwood Road. But they kept on going, turning right and working up Westwood Road as well.
This year, they found a man’s wallet with his driver’s license, insurance card, store cards and more. This was turned over to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office which will return it to the owner.
A second example comes from the window-washing teams who were assigned to wash windows for a few residences in Berryville. When at these residences, they saw other tasks to be done. They cleaned up and removed trash. They took unused, broken furniture to the landfill. They washed dishes and dusted. They hooked up a Lifeline for someone. And one team has promised to return and replace some rotten wood panels.
Operation Inasmuch began at Berryville Baptist Church four years ago when church member Rose Staples attended a seminar at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center in Lynchburg. One of the sessions was about the national Operation Inasmuch program. Rose said to herself, “Our church could do that. I wonder who we could get to organize it.”
Weeks after being back home, and sharing with others about the program, she kept wondering who could get it started. She has now led it four years in a row. And she and other church members are already talking about what to do next year.