Ministry Report: Tuesday, August 8 • Back 2 School Backpack Distribution Project
Grace Church of Glendora hosted a backpack distribution fair for the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) on August 8, 2017. Grace Church was able to raise approximately $10,000 between Vacation Bible School and their benevolent offering. The funds raised were used to purchase over 300 backpacks and the necessary supplies to fill all of the backpacks. In the end, Grace was able to pack 325 backpacks with pencils, pens, markers, crayons, folders, binders, white out, erasers, and highlighters. Grace members also spent two nights helping to pack the backpacks the two nights prior to the distribution. The way the church came together was amazing!
The event distribution was a great event. Grace hosted over 500 people who were connected to DCFS. DCFS provided the food and some toys for the children while Grace supplied over 30 people to staff the event in addition to backpacks, socks, soccer balls, and snow cones. We had members helping with check in, handing out the backpacks, making snow cones, cutting down trees with pocket knifes, and talking with the attendees. It was great watching numerous families serving together and watching some of our middle school kids help out at the snow cone machine. Grace members made this event run smoothly and many shared positive comments on the event and expressed interest in helping with future endeavours.
The event had some heartwarming moments while watching kids run around with their new backpacks on during the event. We also got to watch kids faces light up when they received socks, a new toy, a soccer ball, or a snow cone. We were several people prayed over during the event. The event also had heart wrenching moments as we learned that one child was recently shot, two sets of twins who lost their mom, and several children who couldn’t attend because they were on house arrest. We also had a tree that almost hit someone’s van during the event.
Overall, we enjoyed watching the kids who attended and our hearts became full. We had over 20 people ask for some type of follow up for services provided by Grace. Most of them wanted information for our kids programming like Wednesday Night Live or Sunday Morning Worship.
Everyone at the backpack event had a story, and some were shared willingly with us. Some stories were shared through conversations and some through prayers. The special thing about events such as this is seeing God work through some of us to reach others of us.
Hebrews 13:16: And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
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