Nearly two years ago, members of the North River Church of Christ prayerfully decided to create a Saturday program for the neighborhood families surrounding the church and called it the YES! (Youth Empowerment Saturdays) Program. When some of the volunteers met with the Marietta City Schools social workers for the first time, they shared the concept of how the church wanted to serve but also asked how the social work team thought our efforts would be most felt. They asked if North River, by way of YES!, would help support food insecure families by supplying meals over breaks from school. Of course, the disciples of Christ at North River were eager to give for our first drive in Winter of 2015. Not only did God really bless the collection of donations but also the families in the church who felt so benefitted by the opportunity to go interact with members of the community through giving. The project continued all the way through 2016 for the Spring and Winter breaks.
For our 2017 food drive, we committed to provide a week’s worth of meals for 40 families with varying amounts of children. Our goal was to collect 1,500 lbs of food as our last drive brought in about 1,300 lbs. 3 days before we were scheduled to deliver to families, we were woefully short of our goal. We had enough food for only three families! Our options were to cancel our commitment or find the food. Isn’t fortunate for us we serve a Lord who multiplies loaves, fishes and fruit cups and pasta, too?
Distress signals were sent out all over North River and members were responding within minutes with texts and phone calls. By this point, the easiest option would have been to say to the community, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed” but our family was able to live out James 2:16 by springing into action. Various families made monetary donations, last minute purging of the pantries and high priority trips to Costco. The EDGE Ministry spent post-Midweek time sorting the donations thus far and food kept pouring into the FLC. The abundance kept flowing right up until our delivery teams arrived. We were able to send 2,000 lbs of food out to our community. God turned our lack into loads!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for this effort, donated food or funds or gave your time to pack or deliver goods. Hopefully each member realizes they have been a part of a miracle much like those on the pages of Scripture.