Each week we are asking our congregation to be in prayer for one of our supported missionaries or local mission agency. This week we are asking everyone to bring the Batavia Food Pantry and our Second Cereal Sunday to God in prayer.
The Batavia Food Pantry and Clothes Closet provides a friendly environment where people in difficult circumstances can obtain the necessities and preserve their dignity. During the pandemic the food pantry, supported by a multitude of churches, businesses and individuals, has been able to operate in a safe mode through scheduled appointments and careful procedures for volunteer workers. Many people in our community just finished “40 Days of Giving” by setting aside one food pantry item each day of Lent and they will be dropping off their collection in the next few days. Others put aside a dollar a day, recognizing that every donated dollar gives the food pantry $8 worth of buying power at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The donations we make from our missions budget make a difference!
The Second Cereal Sunday emphasis in our congregation provides 70 - 80 boxes of cereal each month to go into backpacks that are taken home by students in the Batavia public schools each week whose families would otherwise struggle to have adequate meals over the weekend. This ministry will continue over the next two months until school is no longer in session. We are thankful for our many faithful donors to this ministry each month of the school year!
As you pray for these ministries and the families that benefit from the faithful work of many people, ponder these two quotes:
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”—Mark Twain
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank