Our ministry celebrated seven years of serving in October. What a gift! Because of your support and prayers for Grace’s Kitchen, volunteers have been able to minister to people in many ways in 2016.
We served 52 breakfasts in Linn Park; this translates to roughly 4,000 individual meals. Each Thursday, truth was shared from God’s Word in our devotion time, in conversations, and through the handwritten scripture cards in the lunch bags. We have prepared more than 100 weekly dinners for children and men attending 3 neighborhood Bible studies through The Church at South East Lake. We continue to provide lunches to students at WorkFaith Birmingham, a nonprofit ministry that helps those who are unemployed find jobs, during their monthly seminars.
Almost every Monday night for close to 3 years, we have served dinner to the men at Changed Lives Christian Center. We also serve dinner at Brother Bryan Mission each Thursday evening. The men at both facilities really enjoy the meals and are so complimentary about the love they taste in what our volunteers prepare and serve. These dinners allow us to build relationships through food. Both programs are committed to sharing the transforming power of the gospel with the men, and it is neat to see first-hand that life-giving faith in Christ makes all the difference. We have committed volunteers who come each month to serve, and their investment in the men is a huge encouragement.
In the spring, a group of volunteers prepared 50 frozen meals to have on hand for us to give away to those who are sick, hurting, and mourning. The Lord has faithfully brought opportunities to share these meals and show His love. Our relationship with aTeam Ministries, which serves families affected by pediatric cancer, continues as we provide snack baskets for the staff to take on hospital visits and frozen meals for families facing extended treatments. A few times, we have given groceries to families in need.
At the beginning of July, in addition to our regular commitments, we provided snacks for kids attending vacation Bible school at Christ Our Hope, a Hispanic church in Bessemer. We also made lunches for children attending an urban sports camp in East Lake. The next week, we served lunch to 80 children, students, and faculty members at a week-long vacation Bible school for children with special needs, sponsored by Samford University’s School of Nursing.
It is overwhelming to look at this list and see how many doors God has opened for Grace’s Kitchen to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by feeding people. In total, more than 15,000 plates of homemade food have been served this year. None of this would be possible without those who financially support Grace’s Kitchen as well as our faithful kitchen and serving volunteers. We are humbled by God’s provision since He called us to this ministry. To Him alone be the glory!