Teachers and Arizona residents, Tim and Dixie Reed, are traveling this summer to all 48 lower states, visiting and serving in at least one rescue mission in each state in just over 50 days. On Thursday their “Serve Across America, Thank You Tour” brought them to Roanoke to help serve dinner to the men, women, and children who came through the doors at the Rescue Mission that night.
“After two years of dreaming, one year of planning, endless hours of looking at maps and missions, we are on the road!” said Tim Reed. “Our purpose of traveling to each state and serving in a mission or shelter is to thank and encourage the staff and others who are mentoring the young and helping the hurting, raise awareness for ministries that are serving their communities, and challenge people to give their time and money to local organizations.”
As of Thursday, the Reeds had already served in 20 states at 24 different missions in less than one month. In a recent blog post, the couple described their adventure up to this point by saying, “In the midst of despair, people sometimes feel that hope is a long way off, but we’re finding out as we visit each rescue mission that it’s just down the road. Whether the mission is two city blocks long or a small storefront, many are finding hope and the first steps towards a changed life. Each mission has been different and special in their ministry.”
Ending each blog post is the simple phrase, “So…catch the vision. Feel our heart. Join the movement as we serve across America!”
Tim and Dixie Reed have been married for over thirty years and have taught and mentored young people during those years in Arizona. Tim has been a professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix since 1990 and Dixie has been a teacher for over twenty years and is currently teaching at Scottsdale Christian Academy. They have been actively involved in helping the needy, raising awareness, and equipping others to serve. This includes inner city work, mission trips, work projects in needy areas, and taking groups of students to serve at numerous local agencies in Arizona.
For more information on their journey to serve across America, visit their website at www.serveacrossamerica.com.