Each year, The Samaritan Award honors someone in the community who shows compassion and selfless giving in a modest, but significant way. This year's -honorees - Mike and Lori Stinnett began a journey in their church body and have grown to embrace these traits on a global level.
They found a church home in Hendersonville a few years ago and began their service to that body by leading a small couple's group. Through this service, they caught the passion for impacting others. They invested in their own journey in marriage and supported and taught other couples along the way.
When you think of the parable of the Good Samaritan you probably envision the weak and broken man by the road side who had been ignored or avoided by others who walked that road.
Just as the Samaritan stopped and offered the very real help that was needed, this couple, stopped and looked under the bridge in Nashville. They soon began to minister weekly to the homeless population through The Bridge Ministry serving food, practical items and most importantly, a listening ear and kind attention to these people. Once again, the exhibited selfless giving of time and resources as we are taught by the parable.
Seeing the need for shelter during the cold months for the homeless, this couple approached the church staff and organized groups to host guests on the weekends through the Room in the Inn program. They raise funds, organize volunteers and serve countless times as hosts to their winter-time guests.
The deep desire to share the love of God through service led this couple to serve on a mission trip to Jamaica where they helped open a church, repair several other churches, and minister to local children through leading a VBS. This mission work has inspired this couple to attend and organize further trips.
This couple has truly learned that people can be served through meeting many kinds of needs.