To Serve Wills Point, Texas, Gospel for Asia Adopts a Stretch of Local Highway for Cleanup

After moving to its new location in Wills Point, Texas, Gospel for Asia (GFA) adopted a two-mile stretch of a local highway and has spent a few days a year cleaning it up.

Daniel Punnose, vice president of GFA, initiated adopting part of the highway.

“Although we normally focus on Asia,” he said, “we wanted to contribute to the local community and show people practically that we genuinely care about Wills Point. We saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate Christ’s love to the people we love here.”

Helping out in the Wills Point community is an outflow of Gospel for Asia’s core value of serving sacrificially. One of our driving motivations is to reflect Christ well and bless the people around us—even if that means a fun day of picking up trash that litters the sides of a highway.

Highway cleanup - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia staff does Adopt a Highway cleanup along a two mile stretch of FM 2965 outside of Wills Point, Texas, on February 11, 2017.

Throughout Christ’s ministry on earth, He served. He knew that was His God-given purpose. As He says of Himself in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus washed His disciples’ feet; He fed the hungry; and whenever people asked Him to heal their diseases, give them eyesight, free their children from demon possession, He responded. He served. Giving His life was the ultimate act of sacrificial service for you, for us, so we may have fellowship with God, our Heavenly Father.

If we are Christ’s, then our lives, too, should be marked by service—and that’s what the GFA world seeks to live out.

adopt a highway - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia

“For our partners on the mission fields in Asia,” Punnose said, “[serving] is something they do regularly. They will help clean bus stations or train stations, or they’ll clean up an entire area of road. They are doing that because they really want to demonstrate Christ’s love in a practical way. Having that same kind of heart for Wills Point, TX … it’s kind of neat to be able to have our people practically engage in the same thing that our partners on the field do, but be able to do it here, locally.”

So come next Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, we’ll join our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world in serving the local community because as one GFA staff put it, “picking up trash is more fun than you think.”

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  • Landis M

    This article makes a great point that I think we can all relate to. Sometimes understanding why we are here and our purpose in life can feel stressful and complicated at times. We can struggle in our faith and become lost in many different areas of life. However, we must always remember to come back to our roots. We are here for one purpose, which is to serve as God served as best as we can. It is as simple as that, finding areas in life no matter how big or small to serve.
    As the article states, Jesus came to the earth not to be served, but instead to serve. I think this is an important lesson that we sometimes forget because it is easy to get caught up in other complicated aspects of our faith. We are here to serve in any way we can, and in any way God sets before us. That can be serving in your own community, going on mission trips, or even helping a friend who is in need.
    The GFA organization makes a great point that relates to this. GFA is constantly doing work over in Asia, however they also take time to serve in their own backyard, cleaning up a highway not too far from their campus. It is important to realize that all areas around us provides opportunities to serve, and thus be as Christ-like as possible. If we look at our life and use what we have been given to serve, I think the results will be more than rewarding.