Mercy Seat Chapel – Model Community Builders
Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on April 4, 2009
One key step in the Neighbors Campaign is finding volunteers who are from the target neighborhoods and have the cultural competence and engaging spirit needed to be effective at door knocking. As mentioned earlier, our initial organizing team discovered a gold mine the day they decided – somewhat randomly – to stop in at Mercy Seat Chapel located on Washington Grove Lane, located in the midst of some target apartment and townhouse communities. Rev. Tim Warner – the good community organizer that he is – made a good connection with Pastor Ola Olarinde and went back to worship at their Sunday morning service. The next Thursday, eight members from the church showed up to participate in a four hour door knocking training – and have remained committed every since.
Interestingly, it turns out that Pastor Olarinde, who came to the United States from Nigeria over 12 years ago, tells the story of receiving computer training from Montgomery Works and how this government service set him on a path of stability and success in this country. Mercy Seat Chapel is located at 17604 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877; 301-740-8118; http://www.mercyseatchapel.org.
Check out the comments below of George Oyedele and Winta Teferi about Mercy Seat Chapel’s involvement in the Neighbors Campaign.