CE National and Urban Hope Philadelphia are especially grateful for the people who gave to support this year’s Urban Hope Thanksgiving meal outreach. Gifts given in honor of individuals were:
- Harry and Peggy Longenecker honored Lee and Melissa Seese and Kevin and Shelly Longenecker
- Mark Saunders honored Bobbie Saunders
- Don and Connie Gregory honored Sam and Joan Kieffer
- Pete and Mary Fox honored Karl and Colene VonBerg
- Mr. and Mrs. Ray Claycomb honored Cristine Edmundson
- Paul Mutchler honored Linda Mutchler
- LeeVon and Jennifer Martin gave in memory of Dennis Eichelberger
The weather was beautiful on Thursday November the 21st. Maybe that is why the lines were so long. The lines stretched all the way around the block…and it was only 1:00 in the afternoon. It was the day when people pick up their Thanksgiving meals. We opened the church from 2 to 7, and we delivered many of the meals ourselves. This year about 200 people were there at the start! When the doors were opened to the Urban Hope Community Church, people heard worship music and had finger foods and coffee/water and were greeted by our team of people in green hoodies. It is a fun time to get a few snacks, meet their neighbors and be wished a Happy Thanksgiving. We prayed with many of the people and learned their stories.
It only took three days for the 300 families to sign up for the Thanksgiving meals at our office. People only need to pay $5 and they can receive a turkey and stuffing and vegetables and pie. It is an entire meal that can feed four to six people. And with the money they pay, people from our church or community work for us. It provides employment! Each family also receives a clear presentation of Jesus in The Case for Christ Answer Booklet by Lee Strobel. We also gave information on the church and how to have a God-honoring Thanksgiving.
One mom, who had no money, asked if she could get a meal for her family and we provided it at no charge. There are so many people in our area who greatly appreciate this way to receive help. The Pew Foundation listed our area as one of the poorest areas on the entire East Coast. National Geographic also listed us as having the highest concentration of heroin in the USA. Needs are everywhere. Hundreds of people are impacted by our food pantry and we give out clothing regularly to the homeless.
Think about it. Three hundred families in our community were blessed by your gifts! People were fed and encouraged. Every family was given a gospel message. And people learned that we care about them and they know where to come when they are hurting. We got to share Jesus with so many people on that day! It is because of your love and gifts that we can BE JESUS to these people. We not only say it with actions of love; we use words! The people in our community say THANK YOU for your gifts. You make this happen!!
In His Work,