NEIGHBOR KIDS CLUB – “FOOD FOR NEIGHBORS”
In November, our Neighbor Kids Club Team went to another neighborhood in Prince William County. The week before we went, we mailed a postcard and a note to all of the addresses. The postcard has bright sunflowers on the front along with a great Scripture: “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Mark 12:31
The note read: “Hello! We are your neighbors from Manassas Baptist Church. We care about you and want to bless you with a box of FREE fresh food this Sat, Nov 21st from 1 to 2 p.m. We will be happy to leave the food on your porch, so please tape this Sunflower Postcard to your front door. Otherwise, we will knock. Thank you and may God bless you.”
When we arrived in the neighborhood that day, people already knew we were coming. Some of our postcards were taped on doors. One family of five was waiting for us on their front porch, smiling and welcoming us.
We knocked on 86 doors and gave out 50 boxes of food. It felt like Christmas! Many remarkable things happened that day.
Candy & Rebecca, two of our Youth, went to a door and knocked. No one answered so they walked away. They heard the door open behind them, so they went back to the door. It was an elderly man. He spoke to Candy & Rebecca in Arabic. He did not speak English. Candy & Rebecca responded, also in Arabic, because they speak Arabic. He gladly accepted a box of food.
God knew in advance that He needed Candy & Rebecca to knock on that man’s door because they were the only ones on our Team who could communicate with him.
At the end of the street, our vans were empty except for one last box of food. We had already knocked on every door in that neighborhood and were preparing to leave. Then I heard a voice behind me. I turned around to see a lady standing in her yard waving at me. She looked very tired and weak in her pajamas, clutching her bath robe. I asked her if she needed
food as I quickly grabbed the last box. She said, “Yes, but let me go inside first. Please don’t come near me.”
Wearing a mask, standing safely behind her glass door, with tears in her eyes, she said, “I have Coronavirus and cannot get out to buy groceries for myself. And here you all come to my front door with food. It is amazing.”
She thanked me a million times. After that, I felt as if I could soar like an eagle back to the church. I couldn’t wait to tell the rest of the Team how God worked in our efforts, how it felt like He winked at us many times like a proud parent.
It is so encouraging to be a piece of the puzzle in God’s plan to show love and kindness to others. It is pure joy. I hope you will experience joy like this, the kind that inspires your heart to jump at the chance to do something for your fellow human beings. “MAY THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH, BLESS YOU.” PSALM 134:3