Back Brentwood Baptist donates 24,000 pounds of food and supplies to Graceworks Ministries
September 1st, 2009
On Sunday, August 30, Scott Harris preached a message on “good religion” from James 1:27, which says, “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
He challenged those in each service on Sunday to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus, and then gave them a specific assignment.
Each family who attended services got their own paper bag with an attached grocery list. They were commissioned to go to their local grocery store, fill up with the items listed, and bring their full bags back to the church parking lot where large moving vans and more than 60 volunteers were waiting to take their gift.
All of this happened so that Brentwood Baptist members and guests could show their support for Graceworks Ministries.
This local non-profit organization provides physical, emotional, spiritual, material, and referral services to those in need while helping them break the cycle of dependency on government assistance. It also benefits those who are faced with unexpected circumstances such as the sudden death of a spouse, catastrophic illness, or a lingering disability.
On Sunday, between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m., there were more than 1,990 people who participated in the food drive—500 more than last year! Once the trucks were unloaded at Graceworks, sources say that more than 24,000 pounds of food and supplies were donated by Brentwood Baptist.
In the past, gifts from Brentwood Baptist have kept the Graceworks food pantry stocked through the end of the year. However, there has been a 60 percent increase in requests for aid through Graceworks. While our members stepped up and met an incredible challenge, this ministry still needs our prayers for food and supplies for the hungry in the coming months.
“We saw a 33 percent increase in people involved and groceries provided!” said Scott Harris, Missions Minister at Brentwood Baptist. “Our people truly responded to the increased need in our community.”
Graceworks is one of our Hope for the World Missions Offering partners. To find out more about how you can give to this offering or get more details on how you get involved in this ministry, go to BrentwoodMissions.com.
Story by Kaylan Christopher
Photos by Ray Sandusky