Mission In My Words
I have volunteered to serve food many times at Nashville Rescue Mission since moving to Nashville over 12 years ago to work as a meteorologist with WSMV. Serving others is something my family enjoys doing together. I think it’s wonderful the Mission welcomes younger volunteers. In the beginning, my son and daughter both came with me to serve, especially during holidays. My son’s now in college, but my daughter is home and still looks forward to joining me. She’s eager to be the very last person on the serving line. She’s the one who hands them their tray and loves telling them to enjoy their meal.
As a mom and someone who values service to others, I think it’s extremely important to include children in volunteering in the community. So many kids grow up and don’t see what’s really going on in the world around them. While serving a meal to a person who is homeless may seem like a small gesture, it always seems to bring a smile to the person on the other side of the counter. It also provides a valuable learning opportunity for my kids and myself. It is a reminder that we are so blessed.
Honestly, I cannot imagine how hard it must be to not have a home and be labeled homeless. But I do know God loves each of His children and whether someone is homeless or not, we are all the same in the eyes of God. When I volunteer, I notice a lot of the men and women who walk through the serving line never look up. I suspect they don’t feel noticed. But I do my best to try to engage each and every person who walks by. I make eye contact. I smile. I make a point to wish them well and tell them to enjoy their meal. It’s always fun to see their eyes, their smile and when they frequently recognize me as “that lady on TV,” even in my hairnet.
I really look forward to the opportunities I get to serve at Nashville Rescue Mission. I always leave feeling so blessed. I don’t think a lot of people realize the Mission doesn’t receive any money from the government. I’m amazed at all they do for those in need in our community and it’s all because of generous donors and faithful volunteers. The Mission provides all their services for free. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They are changing lives. It’s an honor and privilege to serve with them.
Lisa Spencer is the Chief Meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4. You can catch her weekdays at noon, 5 and 6 pm. She has won seven regional Emmys and was named “Best Weathercaster” in Tennessee by the Associated Press.