Breath of Life’s members include people of all educational backgrounds; young and senior; un-churched and under-churched; and Hispanics, African-Americans, and whites. Lively worship features blended music and youth participation.
The congregation has gathered for two years in Blythewood, a Columbia, South Carolina suburb, and distributes gift baskets to the hungry; partners with the community and with Thrivent for Lutherans; and supports soldiers, including homeless female veterans.
Mission Partners have shared musicians, choirs, and participants to encourage the congregation as well as inspire community visitors to return. A retired pastor will spend six weeks door knocking to invite others. Others have provided furnishings, prayers, and volunteer work.
The South Carolina Lutheran Men in Mission substantially supports Gay’s salary and the congregational budget. “Everything that surrounds us is a gift for which we are thankful,” said the Rev. Mikki Gay, Breath of Life’s pastor.
Gay advises future Mission Partners, “Offer your hearts to the mission, and whatever else is needed will follow.”
To share the Breath of Life, visit www.breathoflifelutheran.com. To become a Mission Partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org