Universally speaking, change has its challenges. By necessity, it takes courage and  commitment. Certainly, our world has seen its share of change over the past 18 months as we continue to mask, distance, wash and shelter. So, when it came time for Big Canoe Chapel’s 31st Broyles Mission Conference, things had to change.

“Let’s make it a celebration!” Big Canoe residents Bob and Pam Hopper are co-chairs of this year’s event. “We’ll take it outdoors,” Bob explained. “It will be a great time of fresh air, fellowship, fun and inspiration. All of us can use a healthy dose of that.” 

Pam Hopper said to mark our calendars for May 22 and 23. “Everyone is invited to our first church-wide picnic beginning at noon at the Terraces on Saturday, May 22.” Box lunches will be served, followed by ice cream, special music and, at 1 p.m., three powerful presentations from representatives of this year’s “Beneficiary Organizations.” They are Beza Threads in Ethiopia, The Pregnancy Center in Jasper, and the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

In Ethiopia, children are suffering the pain and scars of rampant slavery. Here, closer to home, young women face post-abortion trauma, separation, and anxiety and depression of unplanned pregnancy. In Atlanta, many boys and girls are closeted in communities, starving for opportunities to learn leadership skills and lifelong values in the great outdoors.

The Broyles Mission Celebration represents an opportunity for individuals to respond to these cries of extreme hardship and need. “People can help support this year’s ‘Beneficiary Organizations’ by giving time, energy, prayer and resources,” said Pam Hopper. “We look forward to joining hundreds of others as we celebrate and respond. It will be a wonderful day of giving and inspiration.” 

Face coverings and social distancing are required to attend the Broyles Mission Celebration. Advance online reservations are highly encouraged and can be made beginning April 25 by visiting www.bigcanoechapel.org/bmc. The Broyles Mission Celebration will conclude Sunday, May 23, at the chapel’s 10:30 a.m. worship service.  

Since the  beginning of the yearly Broyles Mission Conference in 1990, Big Canoe Chapel has supported more than 180 Christian organizations spanning over 50 countries with funding exceeding $1,500,000. One hundred of those organizations are right here in Pickens and Dawson counties.