Last night I was able to be part of my first "Bountiful Harvest" through which 12 area churches here in Gaylord, Michigan partnered together to provide full Thanksgiving meals to over 650 families in our community. Each meal cost $35.00 and was paid for by donations from these area churches. And each meal was delivered last night in person by someone from one of these 12 churches.
My wife and kids and I were part of the hundreds of volunteers that were part of loading and delivering these meals last night. We had the thrill of delivering meals to 7 of these homes. In each home we were able to also give each family a booklet giving the plan salvation and a bookmark giving the names, address and service times of the 12 churches that participated. Best of all, we were able to personally pray for each family right there in their home. It was so cool!
What a thrill! The very first home we delivered to was a grandma who told us that her grandsons were disappointed that this Thanksgiving they were going to have chicken since they could not afford a turkey. Now, thanks to Bountiful Harvest, they will enjoy a Butterball Turkey for dinner this Thursday along with potatoes, gravy, vegetables, stuffing, rolls, milk and butter. We even provided each family with a disposable roasting pan as well.
I am thankful to know John and Jennifer Rakis, who organized this tremendous event. I am so proud to be part of a church that participated in such a big way this wonderful event. I am so proud to be living in a community like Gaylord, Michigan that cares for each other!
Only eternity will tell what impact took place tonight as we were able to show the love of Jesus in a tangible way! Thank you, Lord! Thank you!