What you see above are some of the products of our Food Basket Ministry at Christmas time. When people sign up to donate a food basket, they receive a list with the items and quantities that are needed to fill the basket. Each one of those food baskets was donated by our people, and it costs in the neighborhood of $75 to fill the basket.
Certainly, we want to take care of hungry people. We are under instructions from Jesus to do that – and it is very humbling to consider the level of hunger that exists in our community. (A number of the Food Basket we give are referrals from the Groveport Food Pantry.) It is an honor to serve Jesus in this way, and I am grateful to those that lead our Christmas Ministries and thankful to the generous people of our congregation who provide this much-needed food for deserving families.
The food IS important. What I really want to say to you is that it seems like this year there were numbers of ministry stories that came back after the distribution. Our people gave a food basket, and at one residence they got to pray with a person who has learned that their metastatic cancer has come back – with a vengeance. At one point of distribution, our people were praying with a family that has lost two of its members to COVID. Another place they gave a basket and prayed with a lady who was having real struggles because some recent surgery did not go well and have the desired outcome. And at yet another home, the eviction notice was on the door and our people were unable to deliver the basket at that time. (I am happy to tell you that later that afternoon we were able to connect with the family and get them their basket.) Without a doubt food insecurity is a critical issue – but the ministry part of this is even more fulfilling.
Thank you for all you do – the Food Basket Ministry is only the tip of the iceberg – for the hurting people of our community. You have a wonderful and practical understanding of Jesus’ words, (Matthew 25:31-45) that when we feed the least of these who are hungry, as Jesus said, “you did it for me.” You have given many people a more Merry Christmas. I am out of words to express my sincere appreciation for your generosity and graciousness.