THE HEART BEHIND IT ALL
Throughout the years, we've had many programs and they were all based upon the needs that were in front of us. Some programs were for a few weeks, some for a season, and others have been longstanding because the need persists. Our heartbeat behind any program we host is to connect with community members, meet a physical need, and be there to speak to their spiritual need by sharing Christ. We desire to walk alongside people and "do life" together. That includes being there for the good, the bad, the ugly, the frustrating, and the unknown at times. It includes meeting the same needs over and over again sometimes, and other times, it means helping once and maybe never seeing them again. Through our programs, we seek to steward our resources well and care for people the best we can in all the ways we can both physically and spiritually.
MEALS ON 2 WHEELS
This program is one of our absolute favorites! We began the Meals on 2 Wheels program in 2018 when we learned that there were many in our area who were "orphaned elderly." Many of those in our program never had kids and have no family nearby, and if they do, their family does not have the ability to support them. This is where we stepped in to help lighten the load and fill their bellies. Every Friday, those in our program come to our house (if physically able) and we fellowship, share an encouraging word from Scripture, and pray together. They then receive a bucket full of food to help get them through the week. In that bucket are staples such as beans, rice, cornmeal, spaghetti, a can of fish, a vegetable, and 50 goudes (Haitian currency) to fill up a water jug with treated water that we provide as well. Once a month we include a jar of Haitian peanut butter, oil, and vitamins. The difference we have seen because of this program has been astounding and we are thankful that people give monthly to make this happen.
ELDERLY BREAKFAST CLUB
Once a month, we gather together with all those in our Meals on 2 Wheels program to share a meal, worship through song, hear a message from the Word of God, offer
encouragement, and pray with them. We enjoy the fellowship and have been known to even do some arts and crafts projects from time to time. We look forward to this time every month and we never grow tired of seeing God move through them.
COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS
If you've followed us on social media or have come on a trip yourself, you know that one of our favorite things to do is create community. We intentionally do outreaches the way we do to bring people together.
To have fun.
To play together.
To serve one another.
To meet new neighbors.
And to hear the good news of the gospel.
Our community center will be yet another avenue to do just that.
There is a fullness to life that comes within community and it is a place where people are encouraged, seen, heard, and where the love of Christ can be tangibly felt. The hope and prayer for our community center would be that this space would embody a community atmosphere daily and we are currently making strides in that direction. The new year brought many challenges and we had to step back and change the way we were going to serve in 2019 due to the Level 4 travel advisory ban. In light of that, we rolled out a monthly budget that would enable us to continue to minister and meet needs apart from teams. This need was met and as a result, we have a few programs happening weekly in our community center.