by Joyce Mills
If 22 individuals were not shy and felt confident enough, I know this would be the greeting that you would receive from those who receive the backpacks each week.
When Jesus first came into our world, those who heard of His arrival had the privilege of directing others to Him. And even though He’s not arriving again as a Holy Baby, people today still need help in getting to Him. AND, that’s where we get to play a part – we have the same privilege today, the gift of directing others to Jesus. Through our giving of money for this Ministry, we make it possible for others to actually fill the backpacks with good nutritious food for those children who are at risk of being hungry. This is the church’s way of helping those who are less fortunate to understand that this is how it all began at Christmas so long ago when Jesus was born and that the giving will never end because He is our Savior who will never abandon us. We are directing the less fortunate by being an example and a road map in giving them a backpack each week to help fill a need that each one has at this time.
It’s a beautiful gift God has given us! Let’s not miss an opportunity to be wise and generous with our directions. The verse in Matthew 25 that says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…………” lets us know that there is no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs..Thank you for continuing to give your money or your time to shop and bring the food for the children in need. Also, for all of you who are involved with the Backpack Ministry, just remember that Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for other’s needs. Thank you for giving so generously of your time.
The special food donation needed this month is cans of Vienna Sausage. Just place the cans on the back counter in the kitchen. Thank YOU!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year