The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hopewell, Hanover, has found joy in impacting lives through their Community Services Ministry; a work that has been ongoing for over thirty years. At least twice per week, members of the church prepare meals for distribution to the homeless, shut-ins and indigent members of the community, who oftentimes struggle to find a meal.
In addition to serving food to the needy, the Church provides clothing for the less fortunate while conceptualizing creative ways to assist persons living in poverty-stricken conditions.
“I find this ministry fulfilling” said Yvonne Buddington, Community Services Director for the Church and member of the Department for last eight years. “We also have an active clothing distribution. Right now, we have our Back to School season coming up and we are trying to raise funds to provide uniforms, books, pencils and bags for the needy students in our community. We identify schools in our community and through the Guidance Counsellors, identify those students who are in need and impact them” she said.
In an economically challenged climate where food prices have escalated exponentially over the last thirty years, the Lord continues to provide the resources necessary for the Church to feed at least thirty individuals twice per week.
“The Lord is always active in providing care for humanity” said Darren Murphy, Pastor of the Hopewell District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches. “As a Church, the Lord operates vicariously through us, thus every week He provides. Daily we continue surrender and ask for His help as we do His work by feeding the poor and needy in this part of the vineyard” said the Pastor.
The Community Services team which is currently comprised of eight individuals make tremendous sacrifices each week to cater to those in need, often leaving their families’ sides and other responsibilities to minister in this context.
“The team makes an enormous sacrifice each Monday and Tuesday” said Pastor Murphy. “I thank them wholeheartedly for their service to the Lord. I thank the Hopewell Church for continuing this foundational principle adopted from the Early Church found in the book of Acts” he ended.
Since 1952, the Hopewell Seventh-day Adventist Church has been heralding the good news of salvation to those in its environs. The Church continues to live in readiness as it prepares itself and others for the glorious appearing of Christ Jesus.comments powered by Disqus