A Servant’s Heart: Serving our Neighbours in Need

Frances - A volunteer at the Scott Mission

“There are so many needy people, so many broken people of all ages. I’m only a small part of The Scott Mission, but God is very big and He knows how to meet the needs of the people who come here.” —Frances Gibson

After Frances Gibson retired from her job as a kindergarten teacher at a Christian school, she found herself with extra time on her hands and wondered how she might be of use to her community.

Frances fully understands the importance of financial support, but she also wanted to give of herself. “I have wanted to work with the poor and with people who need help. I want to contribute a little bit to their lives and maybe show them the mercy and grace of God.”

After a call to The Scott Mission, Frances paid a visit. Within minutes of completing her application, she was handed an apron and a hair net and was led to the kitchen. She loved it immediately and has been volunteering in the kitchen now for a year and a half.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, Frances is excited to see decorations going up and excitement take hold of clients and staff alike. “I love Christmas,” Frances says. “People are more enthusiastic at Christmastime. There’s an emphasis on helping others, thinking about the needs of others, and not just what we’re getting for Christmas. Jesus did come to save us so, in a small way, we are coming to save people and take care of them the best we can—whether it’s food, shelter, toys, or clothing.”

Frances encourages all friends of the Mission to give generously and to volunteer if possible. “There are so many needy people, so many broken people of all ages. I’m only a small part of The Scott Mission, but God is very big and He knows how to meet the needs of the people who come here.”

Special thanks to Frances and to every friend of The Scott Mission who shares their time and treasure with people in our community who are in great need this Christmas season.