By Dr. Martin L Quick
The Bible is filled with references to building relationships. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
In line with that, Cumberland United Methodist Church, Florence, has a mission to help build, restore and improve the lives of God’s people in many ways both inside and outside the church through nurture, witness and outreach.
The Cumberland United Methodist Men embody both references: building relationships and building ramps. They partner with Lighthouse Ministries, which provides funding for materials for people who qualify for the program, and the Cumberland United Methodist Men provide the labor and build the ramps.
People contact the church or Lighthouse Ministries to see if they qualify, and the men build the ramps to make more entrances accessible for people with disabilities.
“We are paying it forward with another day of ministry for the Cumberland United Methodist Men to build ramps and relationships,” said Milton Phillips, the president of the Cumberland United Methodist Men.