Why FEEDING HOPE Matters
I recently read Job 17:15, “Where then is my hope- who can see any hope for me?” This verse leaped off the page at me. It reminds me of so many of our residents. When they first come to Everett Gospel Mission for a meal or a cup of coffee, our poor and homeless neighbors often feel like Job.
They’ve lost everything, including their hope.
That’s why it’s so important to FEED HOPE HERE. As we begin the Fall kickoff of the 2014 FEED HOPE HERE Campaign, we have three main goals:
#1: Restock our Pantry
Over the summer we used up many of our pantry staples and basic supplies. If we’re going to give our homeless neighbors the hope that comes with a good, hot meal. We need a long list of items. You can go here to get the list!
#2: Serve over 45,000 meals between now and Thanksgiving
Many of our homeless and hungry neighbors don’t feel thankful. Thanksgiving is a time we can show them that no matter how hard life gets, they’re never alone because there’s a God who loves them and a community reaching out to them. When they look down at a plate piled high with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, it can be the first time in months — or years — they actually have something to be thankful for. You can give meals by clicking here.
#3: Give over 400 children, women and men a meaningful Christmas
Christmas should be all about hope. Jesus came into the world to give us life and freedom. There’s nothing more hopeful than that. We want to share that hope with poor and homeless families by showing them the true meaning of Christmas. If you’d like to volunteer to help make the season brighter for homeless people, you can apply here.
God may be inspiring you with other ways to participate as well. However you decide to join this campaign, I hope most of all you won’t keep your good deeds to yourself. Share the joy of giving. This is such a great opportunity to tell your friends, colleagues and neighbors about our cause of caring for the poor.
Not only will you be FEEDING HOPE HERE for the less fortunate, you’ll feed your God-given hunger to live with purpose, and to make a lasting difference in this world. I know it!