Mission Complete: A Tale of Two Brothers

    03.01.20 | Stories Children Serving by Emily Gimlin

    Kids love cookies. They’re yummy and can turn any frown upside-down! So when brothers Eli and Luke Lowdermilk learned that their next-door neighbor was recovering from surgery, they asked their mom to help them bake cookies for him. But the five- and two-year-old siblings may not have orchestrated this act of kindness if not for their experiences with Virginia Beach United Methodist’s Mission Possible service projects.

    Leanne and Mike Lowdermilk’s life group of young parents had been looking for age-appropriate service projects to share with their children. When our Children’s Ministry and Outreach Ministry collaborated to launch Mission Possible, they realized their prayers had been answered! Here were projects designed with families like theirs in mind, where they could teach their kids about the biblical values of service and kindness.

    At a recent project, the family made blessing bags with toiletries, snacks, and fast food gift cards for the homeless and hungry. When Eli and Luke gave their bag to such a person, the man told Leanne, “Thank you! You have kind children. God bless.”

    Seeing the impact of their gift to this stranger inspired Eli and Luke to help more people! Instead of keeping a cake they baked in Sunday School for themselves, they decided to give it to firefighters at Fire Station 8. The firefighters were extremely grateful, and in return, gave the boys a tour of the fire trucks, fire hats, stickers, and big high fives! Eli and Luke still talk about this memory every time the Lowdermilks drive by the fire station.

    Mission Possible has impacted this wonderful family by encouraging them to find more ways to help others. Eli and Luke see role models of service, inspiring all of them to become better followers of God. The family’s faith is growing together as Leanne and Mike explain to their young sons the importance of serving.

    They can’t wait for the next Mission Possible project! Maybe they’ll see you there, too?

    If you’re interested in getting involved in Mission Possible, contact Mandi Cutchins at or 757-428-7727, ext. 212.