Mission in My Words
The love of God is the most powerful force in the universe. When you step inside the Nashville Rescue Mission you are immediatelywrapped in the arms and love of God. You see it on the faces of everyone you meet and are comforted by it everywhere you go.
In my 17 years in Music City, the Mission has always stood as a formidable landmark, yet somewhat of a mystery. That is, until my position as Cultural Programs and Dream Manager at Malham Leverage Group (MLG) afforded me the opportunity to discover the incredible work that goes on inside the Mission. Part of my job is to engage our employees to discover and participate in community building and community service projects. An employee survey revealed the Nashville Rescue Mission as the most requested place to donate time and energy.
Our first encounter with the Mission was with Mr. Lynn Bogle, Director of Development, who introduced the Mission to our employees. Lynn facilitated tours so employees from all MLG companies could discover the amazing work and transformational programs the Mission offers. We learned about the Wall of Fame, Coffee House, programs for women and children and how many homeless people the Mission serves on a daily basis. The tours proved to be a remarkable learning experience for all.
Once everyone at MLG became familiar with the Mission’s programs and the opportunities to serve, we jumped into action. MLG scheduled a week of service open to all employees to volunteer in various areas of both the men’s campus and the women and children’s campus. I took this opportunity to volunteer every day of the week in a different area each day.
We sliced vegetables, chopped onions and prepared salads. We served hungry men who were so thankful to be given a good, hot meal. We served breakfast to women and children and cheered for the ladies who were graduating that week. We worked as landscapers and stocked the warehouse. Lastly, we served and sang during karaoke night at the Coffee House on Friday night. These guys were having a blast cheering each other on, laughing and joking—so much hope and joy.
That seems to be what the Mission is all about—bringing the hope and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ to the men, women and children who need it most.
My life will be forever changed and my heart is now committed to assisting those in need and those who serve to make the Nashville Rescue Mission a beacon of love that lights the way for Nashville’s homeless.
Billy is a TV/Radio personality and music impresario. His weekly show on Tuesday nights at The Mercy Lounge is second only to The Grand Ole Opry & Midnight Jamboree as the longest running music event in Music City. He owns and operates Billy Block Entertainment and consults MLG as Cultural Programs and Dream Manager where he helps the 200+ employees discover and realize their personal dreams.