Pansy Lott, a member of Salem Baptist Church, Sylvester, Ga., cleans a portable shower after a deluge of Global Outreach volunteers at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Lott traveled with her husband, Jim, to staff showers provided through the North American Mission Board. Photo by Joni B. Hannigan
SALT LAKE CITY (BP)--Reflecting the snow accenting the 2002 Winter Olympics outside, hundreds of shiny white eggs lined the countertops at Mountain View Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. Concerned less about the hype of the games, but more about feeding volunteers who converged from around the country to sleep at their church in February, Mountain View members flipped, scrambled and boiled eggs nonstop every morning.
Local church members and others stepped up to house and feed nearly 1,000 volunteers from 21 states, reported Global Outreach 2002 housing and logistics coordinator Todd Swanson, a Mission Service Corps volunteer with a 22-month assignment from the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board to oversee support in Salt Lake City for volunteers ministering during the Olympics.
Swanson, whose home church is Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Ga., is part of Global Outreach 2002, a ministry sponsored by NAMB in partnership with state conventions in Utah-Idaho, Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina and Woman's Missionary Union. Read More