On the morning of Tuesday February 7th our team piled into two vans and headed out to one of Vineyard Ministries Community Centers called Loma Bonita. In english Loma Bonita means beautiful hill. Before heading out, we stopped at Sams Club (like Costco) to shop for pantry items that would be a great blessing to the families that live in these very poor areas.
In the parking lot of Sams Club, our team all worked to organize and make up 120 food pantry bags for people needing help in this area.
Joining our team for the week was Danae the team coordinator for the Vineyard Church, Mitchell (Vineyard intern), and Oralia is one of the main leaders of the Vinyard Church.
Our team broke out into three groups. Danae, Mitchell, and Oralia acted as the translators for the three groups which was very helpful. They were a blessing to be a part of our group for that day. We walked out in different directions to hand out a ticket for each family to bring back to the Church that morning to redeem for a bag of pantry items. The pantry items included: sunflower oil, masa flour for making tortillas, tetra pack milk, tomato sauce x2 , and spaghetti noodles.
Darryl and I had the chance to walk around to meet people, take photos of the group and to witness Gods love in action as the team gave to these families. A special thank you to those of whom gave our team outreach funds, please know they were put to good use and your donation made a real difference towards each family on the receiving end.
All the families came back to the church and picked up their food bags, and the families are always invited to come back on Saturday mornings for a church service at that center. This is one way that Vineyard Ministires shows the love of Jesus to those in this community. It is their desire to first meet their food needs and love them. The next step is to create a place at the community centers where all people can come to God for healing, forgiveness of sins, a safe haven, and to feel Gods love through the leaders and volunteers there.
A special thank you to those of whom gave our team outreach funds, please know they were put to good use and your donation made a real difference towards each family that received a bag of groceries.
There is part three coming of our Vacation With Purpose so stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by!
Jodi, Darryl, Ben, and Emily.