I am so glad I have been able to get to know, work along side, and become friends with this man. I’ve gone on 13 mission trips (and about as many ski trips) with Jim McClarey (in blue). Those who have gone on the mission trips know that being there with Jim is a joy and fulfilling.
This picture was taken on day one of our June 2017 mission trip to Virginia Beach, VA, to do hurricane relief. Here, Jim McClarey (and Patrick Lindsey, also a mission-trip veteran) are clearing brush. The overgrowth had poison ivy in it. (Hurricane Matthew, and associated flood, hit in October 2016. For people who have been stressed and distressed with everything from the water heater to electricity to repairing floors in the house, they might have let their yard get out of control.)
On a mission trip you never know what you are actually going to do. Jim jumps in no matter how difficult the task is, with a positive attitude. (I think it’s the second year in a row Jim has dealt with poison ivy. Last year, at Little Grassy, he helped clear a path at the church camp.)
Here is a before and an after picture from the Virginia Beach yard they were working on:
Jim McClarey is a servant leader in many, many ways. We, youth and adults, have learned much from him.
He has taught us:
- How to overcome adversity, with a smile,
- How to work hard,
- How the Holy Spirit can flow in us and through us,
- How to have fun,
- How to praise God,
- How to strive for excellence to honor God and inspire others,
- How to mentor youth,
- How to lead by example, and
- How to Knock down the Three-Pointer.
Thank you Jim!