Vineville on a Mission

A man chops wood at Hinton Rural Life Center. The information for the trip in the next section is repeated in the graphic.
The Mission:
Hinton Rural Life Center features three days of a Safe & Healthy Home Repair ministry, worship and devotional times, poverty awareness activity, Appalachian Culture Night, delicious meals, and fun challenges with our amazing crew of college-aged summer staffers. Groups stay in Lodge or retreat house accommodations (with beds, linens, and bathroom for each room).
Home Repair Ministry:
Building handicap ramps, painting, floor repair, yard work, and more, this mission experience is for all ages and abilities!
Deadlines & Cost:
-Maximum cost of $250 per person
-$100 deposit to hold your spot- deposit can be paid in Realm
-Registration deadline: February 25th
-Maximum of 20 people

Sunday Service 2023

What a great day! We had over 200 Vineville folks serving our community. The lives of hundreds of people, thousands, if you count all those who will see the Christmas lights, were positively impacted because of you. I had numerous people say they wanted this to be an annual event. Several said semi-annual. There were smiles everywhere when we gathered for worship and lunch.

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Asbell, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Reflections from the Costa Rica 2023 Team

After multiple delays and a cancellation, we are back in the air on our way to Atlanta. As I look back on our week in Costa Rica, I don’t believe I would change a single thing. Of course, arriving home on schedule would have been ideal, but the truth is that all of our needs were provided for. This has been the case since the planning for the trip began. From the countless prayers and generous financial support of our Vineville family, to the “missionaries” on the journey and the wonderful Costa Ricans we worked alongside, it is hard to deny the grace of God at work in and through all things. Life-changing memories were made as I watched how everyone on our team offered their whole selves, bringing to the table their unique gifts, talents, and personalities. There were moments of laughter and singing, hard work and cutthroat card games, of prayerful blessings and the Holy Spirit’s moving and speaking into our hearts. Friendships were made in San Isidro, Santa Marta, and Clearwater, and stronger bonds were created among us.

Personally, I couldn’t dream of a more fulfilling way to wrap up my time at Vineville. Missions is so near and dear to my heart. If I could sum up all the things I have learned throughout my many different mission experiences, it would be that successful short-term missions are not really about what was accomplished. Instead, a good mission is when the Spirit of God brings together the most unlikely of people and they find themselves united together as the Body of Christ with the common purpose of building the Kingdom. By that standard, our time in Costa Rica was a success, because what I saw there was the Church.
In the weeks ahead, I hope you get a chance to talk to the team. Have them share what they saw, heard, and experienced. Just be ready, though. After hearing what God is up to in Costa Rica, you might find your heart stirred to see for yourself when Vineville returns.

Vaya con Dios,
Jon

Day 2: Sunday
Today, we attended a local church in San Isidro, Costa Rica. We were able to experience part of the service in Spanish before having our own reflection. Jon prompted the discussion by asking us how we saw God’s steadfast love (Psalm 136) during the service. One idea that was repeated by the group was that it was so cool to understand that while we were worshipping here in Costa Rica, Vineville was worshipping back in Macon and Christians around the world were as well. God is the same loving and merciful God no matter where you go and that was extremely evident in this morning’s service.
After the church service, we explored the town near the CRMP. It was so cool to get to experience and explore the local culture and compare it to our own. We were particularly struck by the way the people of San Isidro were so open and welcoming, even though we were strangers. We also found it interesting to see how the people of San Isidro worshipped in a different way than we do in the United States. They were so passionate and expressive, and it was clear that they truly loved God.
We all found it so cool that even though we all worship in a different way, we all serve the same God and will all be together in heaven. It was a reminder that we are all part of a global community of believers, and that we are all connected to God.
We had a wonderful day and we are so grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the church in San Isidro. We are looking forward to continuing our journey tomorrow!
Harden Powell and Lillie Mealor

Today we woke up to a rainy Tuesday morning in Costa Rica, sore with fresh bruises and muddy shoes. Since we’ve been here a few days now, we could no longer just depend on the adrenaline (or coffee) to get us through. But when we arrived at the construction site in Santa Marta, we met two families who attended the church we were building: Evelyn and her three daughters, Hilary, Samantha, and Rose, and Teresita and her grandson Gael. The kids were off from school and super-excited to help us shovel gravel into the altar foundation. Samantha was eager to haul a wheelbarrow twice her size, and do everything she could to help us out. We were so encouraged by her ability to take joy in each small contribution she made; it reminded us to celebrate every step in the process. God takes joy in our smallest accomplishments, why shouldn’t we?

Cannon McClain and Melissa Rodriguez-McClain