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Churches That Help The Poor

I am doing research for a book and would like to know what your churches are doing specifically to help the poor, widows, orphans, disabled, lonely, etc?

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l in this project that supports vunareble children in one of slum in Kenya nairobi . l was requsting christian those in these churches help the poor to join me and help with what they can support us ,food, learnings, uniform those the key
---phyllis on 7/10/13

---amber on 3/3/07

Food ( and other baby / infant needs) and mentoring
---francis on 2/1/13

2 Corinthians 6:10 - As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as poor yet making rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned , and have not Charity, it profiteth me nothing

( Charity - Has to do with bring the gospel )

{ The Poor in the Bible for the most part is about the Poor in spirit - as Do widows orphan - has to do with people that are to be Saved - Now the main Thing of the Church is to get the gospel out - If there,s extra money to Help the Poor that not a Bad thing - But but a person that has all the comforts of this world - yet not saved - there still Poor}
---RICHARDC on 2/1/13

The most direct way is usually the best in these cases.....

My former housemate has been in trouble for the past 3 months, and has had to ask me as well, it may even reduce my donations to the church (which are not fixed because I am now not a member of the church I attend, as I just moved there), but I feel that person for now has a greater need

I feel sorry for all the sad stories I read here
---Peter on 1/31/13

Sbira4368, my sister you are not going to believe this! I been on the web all these hours since bout 7:00 EST. All I could find out like FOC said Obama promised help Sandy victims.I did see about 217,000 applied for help from FEMA. They gave New york people vouchers but they no good since jan.25 ,2013. There is housing crisis. They still collecting $ for them, I looked at every News even the canadian paper online.People collecting but Nobody helping them..They even try to sell them the victims thier Items "lost' on line! This is cruel all the way around! I have just been pray & crying these poor victims.thankyou for caring. ELENA
---ELENA on 1/31/13

elena, you got a raw deal too. this is where the love of money is evil. I will never help the red cross again. If they can't help some who really needs them, then I don't need them either.
I don't give to charities anymore, I had rather give to needy in my church. that way I will know for sure they do really get help. look at what happened when all the rock singers got together and did a benefit for sandy. none of them have gotten help yet. so, that makes me say..where is the money to help the people who need it?
---shira4368 on 1/31/13

Dear Sis.Shira4368, just reading bloggs. You know I sure believe you, you said Red Cross would NOT help you/ expensive meds. For your daughter who died.I am so sorry!
I too, needed help & they told me call the Cancer Society help me get to Chemo. They told me same, NO way was they going to help me! I told them how sick I was & losing my vision. No concern at all! Yet, Cancer Society sends on a regular basis ask donation.Had pay alot to a lady Take me, she got tired so, told the doctors speed up Chemo, I trusted God above all, I knew He would NOT let me down. Praise God! For see me through it all. It was a hard thing. She leave me hours in the cold waiting...sneak seeing some man, a married woman.
---ELENA on 1/31/13

when my daughter was sick with brain cancer she needed some meds that were expensive. I called the red cross and they told me they couldn't help me. 8 months after she passed away, I got a call from the red cross asking me if I still needed help. I won't tell what I told them. we spent thousands on medication to comfort her and I would do it again but I won't call the red cross anymore.
---shira4368 on 1/14/13

my family is disabled, severly. husband and daughter. Ive gone to chuches , red cross, all org. and no one will help.
---KITTY on 1/14/13

Mrs. Labarre: call the American cancer society. I don't know what kind of church you go to but my little church helps all our members in need and many who are not members. One lady comes every tuesday night and always ask for something. I pray God will supply all your needs. On the other hand, when my daughter was dying with brain cancer, I called the cancer society for help with a medication that cost over 600.00. They called me back 4 months after she passed away. They acted like I had just called them the day before.
---shira3877 on 7/26/11

I am soooo very sorry about your husband's cancer Mrs Lebarre. I have cancer too, I am just so blessed to have a great church family and also a great family in general. I am so very sorry you've been let down by the church. I wish your husband better health.
---Mary on 7/26/11

---MRS_MEVIN_LEBARRE on 7/26/11


The whole idea was for the "church" to be equal and to be of the same mind. Giving food is great but it does not pay the mortgage or the rent!!

They are taught to give a tithe and that's it.

There is no help!
Granted I haven't called every single church, but I also found that there is no help for a disabled person to have her snow shoveled or yard work done!
There's always a prayer line, but I think God wants his people to help his people. James 2:14-6 There's all this talk about prosperity which convinces people that they need or deserved riches, and they forget their poor brethren.

Let me know if you find anything.

God bless,
---Cheryl_Arsenault on 5/7/11

Has anyone had an experience like this?

My church is small, but we used to regularly help quite a few families in the area with ongoing needs. Often we donated household items, paper products and cleaning items, childrens clothing and auto repairs. Sometimes we gave cash for certain needs.

Unfortunately, one poor women innocently told her social worker (who asked if anybody else was helping her) that we were helping her. What we gave her was not a lot, but she almost lost the government help she was entitled to. And we had the IRS investigating us.

Should we have formed a "charitable organization"? We just wanted to help as concerned neighbors.
---Donna on 11/12/09

Most city telephone directories have "yellow pages" in the back of businesses, where you can look up "Churches" and they are usually broken down by denominations. This resource will give you their contact telephone number and/or street address and some of them may even list hours of operation and their website addresses.
---Eloy on 11/11/09

i am a disabled single mom who got paralyzed from t6 down--

--i have yet to find help
---peggy on 11/3/09

Talk to us again Peggy. Give us a Church name close to you. Donations can be sent through church to you.
---Trav on 11/11/09

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Steveng --
Every sentence in your post is a question.
//How many of you PERSONALLY (your caps) repeated twice! These are rhetorical questions that, by their sentence structure imply, " Probably not many of you do".

// Do you not have enough faith that God will compensate you for your giving? And if you personally turn down that person in need, will God turn down anything that you ask?// Both of these rhetorical questions, phrased in the NEGATIVE, imply that you believe these to be the attitudes of readers. (and also that YOU are not like that).

Your basic idea is FINE. I may be wrong. Perhaps I've just been influenced by your habit of discrediting fellow Christians in almost every post.
---Donna66 on 11/10/09

Donna66: "Steveng seems to think...
Those who give the most don't keep score NOR seek credit for their giving."

You assume much which is your downfall. Where did I say that I'm "the only one who personally gives to the needy." The only one that keeps score in my case is God the Father. What I was saying is that christians depend too much on the church to do what they are suppose to do personally. Christians must get involved personally because faith without works is dead faith. If a person misses the first resurrection, how is he suppose to be judged at the second resurrection according to their works? The Good Samaritan has certainly gone the way of the dinosaur along with love.
---Steveng on 11/9/09

Steveng, good question and one we should ask ourselves often. I strongly believe in BEING the church, not just going to church. This is why it was important to my husband and me that, if we are going to be a part of an organized church, it needs to be one that shares our philosophy of giving, sharing and helping.

Something I'm frustrated w/now is human trafficking. I don't want to only give money and raise awareness, which are important efforts, but I want to do more. Ditto with rape used as a weapon of war in the Congo and Sudan. Sadly, there are times when awareness campaigns and fund raising, though helpful, still leaves you feeling pretty helpless.
---AlwaysOn on 11/9/09

rajesh-- GOOD BIBLICAL word!
Mat 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

Steveng seems to think he is the only one who personally gives to the needy.
Those who give the most don't keep score NOR seek credit for their giving.
---Donna66 on 11/9/09

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i am catholice and bible says that your left hand should not know what your right hand is doing
---rajesh on 11/8/09

How many of you will PERSONALLY, without the help of your "church," help the poor and needy? How many of you will PERSONALLY give money to all those who ask even if you think you know they will buy alcohol and cigarettes? Scriptures explicitly says to give with a cheerful heart to all that asks. Do you not have enough faith that God will compensate you for your giving? And if you personally turn down that person in need, will God turn down anything that you ask?

Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" because living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle - not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational "churches."
---Steveng on 11/8/09

Steveng, I'm glad you survived homelessness, but I'm sorry local churches didn't help. That's actually why we left our last church. The pastor and his inner circle benefitted from the church, while the surrounding community was plagued with poverty, addiction, etc. There wasn't a single outreach effort to minister to them and, when we (members) tried to initiate outreach efforts, we were met with resistance or put on perpetual hold. There were even a few very faithful members who needed help and no one lifted a finger. One of our primary reasons for selecting the church we now attend is based on what they do for the community (i.e. non-members). No one is forced to become a member to get help and there are plenty of services offered with love.
---AlwaysOn on 11/7/09

We operate a food kitchen (that also supplies toiletries, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, etc. for at least 6 mos.), we partner w/a ministry working to free victims of human trafficking, we provide a sit-down thanksgiving feast for the community (including delivering meals to the sick and elderly who cannot attend in person), we help provide clothing and basic needs for families affected by AIDS/HIV, we provide free Christian entertainment, we provide free addiction recovery support, we distribute school supplies, toys and clothing to low income children in the U.S. and Mexico, we provide scholarships for college students, we assist the families of military soldiers, we help with job assistance, resume/interview assistance, etc.
---AlwaysOn on 11/7/09

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Recently I heard of the following scenario.
A mens church group which makes sausage to make money for the church and has $9,000 in their account gave $5,000 the church. Someone suggested that they should give at least $50.oo to an organization that works with unwed mothers. Whereupon head honcho(main man in the group) became very irate said no and refused to discuss the matter. The other men later among themselves made up $50 and sent to the organization. The head honcho is an elder in the church and in total the group has given made over $100,000 in the past.
---mima on 11/7/09

The mega-church I attend collects food and clothing for the poor. We distribute food through 2nd Harvest Food Bank which is connected to the Salvation Army and other food centers.

We only use 10% of tithes for missions and less than 2% goes to the poor though. We did spend millions to build a large orphanage in India that grows its own food and raises fish.

The Old Testament "laws" state that 1/3 of all tithes are to be used for the poor. Churches that pound on people to pay their "full" 10% that do not also honor the poor tithe are UNBIBLICAL!
---obewan on 11/7/09

I belong to an outreach church that does not do nearly enough for the community,I think. But we do distribute groceries to the needy,clothes. At Christmas and Thanksgiving we feed the hungry and homeless. Give toys and other gifts to kids as well as adults.
During the year we also go to the community and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We offer food,music,clothes,prayer and invite people to come worship with us at our church.
---Robyn on 11/6/09

i am a disabled single mom who got paralyzed from t6 down--this year is especially tough-with the economy and i can tell you from experience most of the churches in my area say they are out of funds and can't afford to help--i don't think it is that they don't want to--they just don't got the money--so from a disabled persons views--i have yet to find help
---peggy on 11/3/09

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We also collect school supplies and fill backpacks to distribute to kids at the homeless shelter and other contacts. We also collect Christmas presents for kids of the families from the food pantry, as well as men in a Christian alcohol rehab.
---Madison1101 on 9/30/07

Rebecca: I know exactly what you meant. I'm not blind as a bat. I didn't mean you personally, it's you as a plural.
---Steveng on 3/7/07

Madison; I guess you can have meeting at one's home for such things as this or have a special night at the church for meetings. My church, if someone is in need of a vehicle or clothes, they have it either before they go home or the next day. We see to it through God that the needs of the church are met. I'm not saying your church isn't like that, but we don't have meetings or wait around.
---Rebecca_D on 3/7/07

Good question. My church has pantry, gives out clothes and gives to ministry's who support the poor in other countries. We also have prayer/counseling for the depressed, despondent and lonely.
---Yolanda on 3/7/07

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Rebecca: Do you doubt what I said about my church? What does number of church services have to do with our church's outreach to the poor? I am confused.
---Madison1101 on 3/7/07

Steven; I said that my church DOES NOT bum and beg. We depend on God for all of our needs and he meets those needs somehow, someway. Apparently you didn't read my response very well, re-read it again.
---Rebecca_D on 3/7/07

Amber, if you want to know what my church do to help the poor, go to google and type out ADRA...and it will give you all the things Adventists do to help 2nd & 3rd world countries and the communities all over the world. Good luck
---jana on 3/7/07

Hi aluh; I like what you said; I for one am sooo tired of hearing how churches these days are such total ungodly failures; I think you're right; yes, there's enough bad ones but I think we're still trying. :)
---Mary on 3/6/07

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Rebecca: If you truly had the power of God behind you, you wouldn't need to "bum or beg" because God would provide you of your needs to help others without asking for anything in return (or to have the poor and needy fill out forms). You have a weak sense of character when you believe everyone has money problems.

Besides, you don't usually solve a problem just by throwing money at it. If the person sincerely needs help, find a way to help him or her.
---Steveng on 3/6/07

Steven; I don't deny the power of God. But the thing of it is people spends, spends and spends their money for everything else but bills, but when their "in need" they cry to the church saying, This happened and that happened. Come to find out the only thing that happened was they can't manage money very well. One thing about my church is we don't bum and beg by selling hotdogs or any sales.
---Rebecca_D on 3/6/07

It is very easy to get negative, robyn, but it drags us down. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you to a church where you will feel comfortable and which has similar attitudes to yours: which addresses the needs of the poor, which reaches out to the outcasts. Then go to the leadership and say "Use me". Be proactive, be purpose driven, listen to the Spirit and be led by him. And may God bless you by guiding you to a church that will fulfill you and make you grow. roy.
---roy on 3/6/07

I believe there are still many churches reaching out for the poor,needy,disabled... THEY ARE JUST NOT ANNOUNCING IT. It's better to give in secret, amen? So that our Father Who sees what we do in secret will reward us greatly... We have been ministering to a very poor community here in our city. Our church also provided an Educational Scholarship. We let their kids (now 10 of them) study in a private school for only $1.50 a year... May God send more sponsors to this program. I am from Philippines...
---aluh on 3/6/07

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James 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
---EDWARDIA on 3/6/07

1. Although I have never been a part of a church that could help the needy in the big way some of you are discussing I have certainly been the recipient and the provider of one-to-one help. When I was ill and trying to look after 3 young children alone several people from my church at that time helped with shopping, cooking, cleaning and taking the children to school etc. Equally when another mum was in a similar position a few years later I was one of several who helped her.
---m.p.a. on 3/6/07

2. We should help when we can and also let our needs be known. We should not reserve our help only for other church members either or even other believers. My former church helped raise enough money to buy a kidney machine for a non-Christian neighbour of one member. Some enquire at hospitals to see if there are elderly patients who never get visitors and then visit them with a small gift and chat with them for a while.
---m.p.a. on 3/6/07

Robyn, I am sad that u think like that. You see, I know that just about all churches give so much and help those whom are in need. Pastors job description goes like this, Counsellor,teacher,sypathiser,builder,cook,financier,doctor,gardener,dish washer,maid,shopper,driver,funeral celebrant,marriage celebrant,lawn keeper he list goes on. I know this cos my friend who is a Pastor do this n more.Be kind to God's servants, they do more than we do n deserve love.
---jana on 3/6/07

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Madison, it sounds like you have a wonderful church family. Isn't it awesome to see God work through many people, and all to His glory! I've seen Him make a way where there was no way. What a wonderful God we serve. Bless you.
---christina on 3/5/07

Good question!The church is u n me.I know what i'm doing,i donate clothes, volunteer, pray, support with my little finances where i can.Don't wait 4the pastor 2 tell u what 2do,go 2 hospitals during ur lunch break and visit the sick, go to an old folks home and spend time with them. Christians, we will be judged 4 our individual contributions not collecitvely. When each of us does a little, together it becomes alot.
---Juliet on 3/5/07

Most churches do not do anything to help the poor, orphans, needy and so on. The leaders and the pastors get paid and the rest of the members just sit on the pews for the most part, get preached to about paying tithes and offerings. The rest of the time we are confused and hurt because we are mostly ignored and overlooked churchgoers.
---robyn on 3/5/07

Our church has people active in visiting and entertaining elderly and disabled people. We also have a food room called the Storehouse. People donate food and or money and anyone who needs food gets a bag if they stay for the service.
---john on 3/5/07

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Rebecca: "Alot of people gets themselves in trouble and come crying to the churches for help." "That is why we are hestiant on giving to strangers."

You have a very myopic view of humanity and a faith so weak that you deny the power of God.
---Steveng on 3/5/07

Mimi: "I believe this statement to be very revealing and condemning." This is the changing heart of Christians considering that thirty years ago, as I hitchhiked across America for 1-1/2 years, that I would send out ten letters to churches in the city I was planning to visit and receive four letters inviting me to stay with someone. It proves that the hearts of Christians today are getting colder. Paul, and the other apostles, would have a terrible time traveling in the United States today.
---Steveng on 3/5/07

Madison: "My church has a Deacons' collection on the first Sunday of each month." And a person in need must fill out several pages of information before he receives anything, right? There was a time when churches freely gave without questions and without asking for anything in return. Not any more. Now a days a person must fill out a form just so the church can have a consensus.
---Steveng on 3/5/07

Madison; This family wasn't poor. Just needed money for drugs, and lied to the church. My church was the 5th church they begged for money. We still give but not to every Tom, Dick and Harry that has their hand out. We mostly worry about the needs within the church and their close families. Because that is our family.
---Rebecca_D on 3/5/07

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Madison; how can your church do all of this if you don't have church but on Sunday mornings? And gatherings 2-3 times a week at someone's house?
---Rebecca_D on 3/5/07

Christina: You reminded me that my church sent a van load of people, men and women, to go down to Mississippi the November after Katrina and help rebuild homes. They spent the week of Thanksgiving there. They spackled dry wall and helped in other ways.
---Madison1101 on 3/5/07

Steveng: My church has a Deacons' collection on the first Sunday of each month. That money is kept just for the needs of the poor. If a family has a need, that money is for that purpose.

The church is better equipped to help meet financial needs than individuals are. Collectively, the church can offer more help than one family could.
---Madison1101 on 3/5/07

Rebecca: How does a church get burned in offering aid to the poor? I don't get it. My church helps the poor by also referring them to the social service agencies in the area, including the Welfare office and Food Stamps, as well as the Employment offices where people can get job referrals and job training.

My church offers an adult Sunday School class on Christian financial management.
---Madison1101 on 3/5/07

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When Alan menti9oned Kosovo, I recalled that when Katrina hit, we were able to send many to minister, supply some practical needs...they were able to get into the heart of the situation despite blocks. Many were witnessed to and saved. Several homeless were given homes with families in the congregation and helped to relocate and get established. Also when the tsunami hit there was much given.
---christina on 3/5/07

"I believe this statement to be very revealing and condemning.
I was a Christian homeless for exactly one year. I found out things about church many Christians would believe. In the beginning, I wrote a letter to thirty five churches in the area asking for help. Four gave me addresses to homeless shelters and other resources. One church asked me to come to their church of Friday, another church on Sunday morning. I was to join their church before they would help.
---Steveng on 3/"
---Mima on 3/5/07

Madision; Alot of people gets themselves in trouble and come crying to the churches for help. The only time you see them is when their in need, anytime else you'll see them at home or in a bar. They use the church as a crutch just as they do God. Some aren't like that but we've been burnt one two many times. That is why we are hestiant on giving to strangers. If a person is sick or just had surgery, the Ladies get together and take meals and clean their house, as well.
---Rebecca_D on 3/4/07

I forgot to mention that if there is a sick person and the church is made aware of the need, the church will send meals, and even do house cleaning, or drive the person to doctor's appointments.

We also collected items to send to Iraq for the soldiers. This was a project of our daycare center one summer. The kids put the items in shoeboxes and packaged them for the soldiers.
---Madison1101 on 3/4/07

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Christians escape personal responsibility to help others. It's easy for Christians to give money to the church and have the church do the job of helping the poor and needy. The money received mostly goes to things for the church - new candlestick stands, entertainment, activities and many times to the pockets of the leaders.
---Steveng on 3/4/07

I was a Christian homeless for exactly one year. I found out things about church many Christians would believe. In the beginning, I wrote a letter to thirty five churches in the area asking for help. Four gave me addresses to homeless shelters and other resources. One church asked me to come to their church of Friday, another church on Sunday morning. I was to join their church before they would help.
---Steveng on 3/4/07

I walked into the parking lots of churches who were letting out and went from one individual to the next asking for food or shelter. No one would take personal responsibility. I had one person say that many homeless would sleep in the bushes in the front of the church.
---Steveng on 3/4/07

I would ask church leaders about it, and their response? "The people fear bringing a stranger into their homes because of one reason or another." My response to that? "If their God is so powerful, their God would protect the family." I would get up and leave. It's so true that Christians believe in God but deny His power.
---Steveng on 3/4/07

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M.P.A. My church has a food drive once a year, and we have a member that contacts local food distributors and gets donations of pallettes of food delivered to the community center where we store the food.

Rebecca: That is a shame that your church would hesitate to give to someone not from your church. Our food bank is for anyone in the community with a need. They must contact the church office before coming to get the food, and they are asked their name and address for future contact.
---Madison1101 on 3/4/07

My church collect non-perishable food and clothing for two charities ... one provides help for the very needy such as squatter, one helps "street women" to survive and encourage them to come off the streets
We also collect bkankets, clothing etc for those who sleep rough in Bristol, and we donate funds to Emmaeus, a Christian organisation helping the homeless back into society.
---alan_of_UK on 3/4/07

i am jesse9839 iam disable need help like to know how to get help
---jesse on 3/4/07

This is done without any regard of the church affiliation of those receiving help. Our "neighbour" does not have to be a member of our church, and our gifts are unconditional.
During the Kosovo crisis, the church collected lorry loads of relief supplies to be delivered to the Muslim victim of the Serbian ethnic cleansing.
I think my church could do more to idenfify and visit the disabled and lonely. In such face-to-face things, we tend to be embarrassed to visit non-members.
---alan_of_UK on 3/4/07

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With regard to Lorra's report, I do know from personal experience (I was involved with the society as their insurance broker) that their help is given to those of any, or no, denomination.
No need to be a Catholic, or pretend to join.
That's what true Christian love is.
---alan_of_UK on 3/4/07

That was interesting, being a Protestant and insurance broker to Catholic churches.
---alan_of_UK on 3/4/07

The church I attend has maybe 2000 members, has local food bank, brings food to the homeless in the streets of the city, has a local house with education etc for unwed moms, has several overseas orphanages, has a prison ministry, God is truly working to touch lives.
---christina on 3/4/07

The RCC has the Saint Vincent de Paul society to aid the poor, the Knights of Columbus to aid widows and orphans, Catholic Social Services to aid families and others in need. Locally,we have food drives at various times throughout the year, and collect clothing. Bulletin boards and weekly paper bulletins provide opportunities to reach out directly for specific and urgen needs.
---lorra8574 on 3/3/07

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Madison, that is wonderful. How do you obtain the supplies that you distribute to the needy, are they donated by members or do you have links with businesses that supply you? I have never attended a church with the facilities or ability to do that but I applaud any who can and really wish that ours could. A friend of mine attends a church which occasionally has a tramp visit their evening service and they always see that he is well fed before he leaves but that's the only thing I know of in my locality.
---m.p.a. on 3/4/07

My church helps the people within the church and their faimiles. If say, Sally (example) came and ask that her best friends, cusion's daughter was in need of money, we would be hesitant on giving. We do pick up the elderly in the Convelesant homes to come and worship with us in church. The couples of the church go door to door and invite people to our church. we don't have tracks to give out, just the word of God in our bibles.
---Rebecca_D on 3/3/07

My church has a food pantry which is open to needy families two evenings a week. Families come in and get to take home bags of groceries. We also have a directory of social service agencies in the area that could be accessed. These families are contacted in the Fall and invited to a Thanksgiving feast at our church, and they hear the gospel and take a large laundry basket of food home, including a turkey or ham. Last year we have over 50 families attending.
---Madison1101 on 3/3/07

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