Giving generously comes naturally to God’s people and nothing will ever stop that, including a health crisis, as we can see from the brilliant example of a local church in Mt Vernon, Illinois.
Usually churches and non-profit organizations in the USA throw large thanksgiving gatherings each year for less fortunate people. But due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, many of these were cancelled.
However, The Christian Post reports that a number of congregations have continued their charity outreaches despite the pandemic. It is particularly interesting to see how these churches have taken innovative steps in order to go ahead and reach those in need, with all the necessary social distancing measures in place.
One of the churches they featured was Central Christian Church of Mt Vernon, Illinois, who prepared 2,500 meals for curbside pick-up or delivery. It’s amazing that despite the pandemic they were still able to model giving generously despite the masks and other measures they had in place to help control the spread of the virus.
Central Christian Church has been providing about 2,000 meals free meals on Thanksgiving for the past 24 years. This year they extended it to 2,500. Speaking about the project, Bryan Springvloed, who is the pastor of the church said: “Our main focus will be a drive-thru pickup with no need for those receiving a meal to leave the safety of their car.”
What an example of thinking outside the box to keep the project going despite restrictions and share the love of Jesus. In the Facebook clip below Pastor Springvloed talks to Steve Reynolds who heads the Central Christian Church Thanksgiving project.
“We discovered a long time ago that there is a need, and especially this year,” said Steve.
“We want to be the church especially at Tnanksgiving!” said Pastor Springvloed.
In times like this, it’s heartwarming to hear and see that there are still people who never stop extending their help to those in need.
Also see the local news broadcast about the Central Christian Church thanksgiving which is an extraordinary example of how Christians can be a witness in tough times by giving generously.