by Joyce Mills
The Backpack Program at First Baptist is definitely child focused. We value each child who receives a backpack full of food each week. All children are precious in God’s sight. His heart is endeared towards them and His ear inclines to their every need. Time and again, the Bible says that God is a defender and protector of the poor, the oppressed, abused, impoverished and the fatherless. And so we place value on children because God does.
Our Backpack Ministry is focused on the individual child. Because of your generous giving we were not only able to fill that last backpack for the summer with some extra food but also with two brand new books for each child. It may be the only books that some of the students have. Also, the Pastor took time to write a special note and an invitation to VBS was put in each backpack. When you give any amount of money or bring cans of food you become an advocate for children in poverty. It is a wonderful thing to know that we are helping children to develop better minds, bodies and hopefully spirits because we help feed their physical hunger.
Jesus said,”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:14, NIV
For the months of July and August, you are asked to continue your monetary gifts, as well as, Peanut Butter (16 oz. plastic jars) and any good strong tote bags that you might have. The tote bags will help when a child forgets his/her backpack for a week and something durable is needed for the food. Just put items on the back counter in the kitchen. Please know that we appreciate your help!