by: Andy Lawrenson
This morning we hauled the back of a Jeep Wrangler full of canned food items to our local food bank, the Beach Food Pantry. We are in a time, due to the pandemic, where our community, like many communities, are hurting. We have people unemployed, school children doing school remotely at home while mom and dad are off at work. Some people are struggling to make the ends meet.
To collect canned food items is a practical way NHC can share the love of Jesus Christ with our community. Part of our PEACE mission plan is the "P" and that is poverty. What can we do as a church to help those in poverty but also help to eliminate poverty in our community? The goal is not to just meet needs. The goal is to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. When we see Jesus teaching in the gospels he was constantly meeting physical needs. Meeting a need helps open the door.
We can say we love our community but that love needs to be seen more in action than in words.
Jesus said this in Matthew 25:
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’
Thank you NHC for loving our OBX neighbors with God's love.