Right before Christmas, a Missouri church packed over 40,000 meals to help less fortunate people in the community.
On December 20, Hope City Church of Joplin packed 40,218 meals during their Sunday morning worship services. Over 500 volunteers wore face masks, hairnets, and gloves to take part in the charitable endeavor. Each volunteer observed precautionary procedures to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
“We had about 525 individuals pack the meals,” lead pastor Cody Walker said in an interview with The Christian Post. “Everyone was required to wear a mask, hairnet, and gloves. “Every volunteer was stationed with a small team of about 10 in a specific spot while they packed the meals.”
Instead of having typical Sunday worship services, the church members took part in packing the meals. Hope City Church held the event to help the community.
“In a season where it can be easy to give our attention and focus on ‘things’, we wanted to focus on people. Instead of having a typical worship gathering, we spent most of our time packing meals that will help feed hungry families,” he continued. “We know everyone needs two things: food and hope. We hope these meals will be able to provide both for people who need to know they are not forgotten or alone. Our people at Hope City know we are all in the same boat and serving others is at the heart of the Gospel.”
As this year ends, what this church did is a great opportunity to share hope despite the difficult months we faced. On top of sharing hope, they also prayed for the people they served.
This year was incredibly difficult. But, there’s still hope for a better future just as Jesus Christ promised us.
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