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Group’s goal of racial harmony is worthy

Mission Mississippi’s mission is simple — bring Christians of all races together in an effort to make Mississippi stronger.

To be exact, its mission statement is: “To encourage and demonstrate grace in the Body of Christ across racial lines, so that communities throughout Mississippi can see practical evidence of the Gospel message.”

It’s been doing that work since 1992.

Here in Lincoln County, a local branch is involved in furthering the organization’s mission. Later this month, the group will meet at First United Methodist Church for a focused prayer time. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 27.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend at any time throughout the three-hour event. The prayer event will focus on three areas —  law enforcement,  the welfare of children and unity in the body of Christ.

“We really want it to be open to everybody in the community,” Episcopal priest and Mission Mississippi member Anne Matthews said. “It’s for the community, not just Mission Mississippi people.”

The local group has ongoing meetings as well. Branch leader Charles Williams officiates a meeting for members at 5:15 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting is held at a different church every month.

Matthews also organizes a breakfast at Chism’s Diner at 7:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month for local ministers. Churchgoers or pastors who are interested in joining should contact Betty Harrington at 601-833-6042.

The organization’s efforts are worthy and have led to a stronger, more diverse Body of Christ in Mississippi. The group’s goals may seem lofty, but the Bible would remind us that “ … with God all things are possible.”