The Faithful Giver

March 18th, 2015

The Faithful Giver

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

Healthier meals for the Beth Center kids

Meeting our fundraising goal for the Breakfast of Champions

Healthier Meals

When you work with an organization that serves people who don't always have access to their basic needs, it is easy to see just how powerless we really are.

One of those areas for us, is food for our community. As we've mentioned before, City Data reports that 60% of the population in the 37410 zip code that encompasses Alton Park, lives at/below the poverty level. There are residents do not possess the riches we often view as normal, and we receive calls from people who need everything from a bus pass, to help finding a job, to help paying a bill.

There is more. 

Since co-founder, Reverend Sallie Crenshaw's days, hunger has been a vital part of our programs. It was said that Rev. Crenshaw started her first day care after beginning a Sunday bible study and realizing that children were hungry every day, if they were hungry on Sunday.

That was over 68 years ago.

On the cusp of new research about the impact eating a healthy meal has on a child's performance, and statistics about the Hamilton County area, we feel compelled to not only feed the children that attend the Bethlehem Center, but to feed them nutritious meals that help them perform their best, and teach them to appreciate the variety of food the Lord has blessed us with.

The picture below illustrates an answered prayer request.

When The Well volunteered at the Bethlehem Center recently, they didn't know it, but the Lord would use them to answer a prayer request for our children.

When they came to volunteer for the After-School Academy, they brought with them, sweet corn, apples, grapes, bananas, celery, raisins, peanut butter, and marinara sauce. They made it easy to serve to the kids by also bringing chips, which we served with fish sticks.

The reaction was AMAZING. The bistro was filled with chatter and giggles as the kids sat down to try these healthy foods.

They ate their chips, but they also ate their ant logs, and wanted each others' bananas and grapes. They spiced up their sweet corn with marinara sauce, and there was not one child that chose not to eat.

These are the experiences we continue to pray for. 

Please, pray that the Lord will give us a partnership with an organization that will consistently provide healthy meals for the children at the Beth.

Meeting the 2015 Breakfast of Champions Fundraising Goal

Many of you attended the Breakfast of Champions, yesterday, March 17, 2015.

You enjoyed a hearty breakfast, musical, and readings beautiful and talented children.

We shared our desire to raise $50,000 to fully fund the Summer Program, and you responded. 

We have met our goal! 

Please, stay tuned because we will reveal the official number soon. 

Until then, may the Lord continue to bless you!

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