Fred Ater and I had the pleasure of spending yesterday afternoon at Redeeming Grace Christian Church in San Antonio. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the congregation provides food for those in need. People drive more than 30 minutes to pick up food from the church, coming from as far away as New Braunfels. They’re senior citizens; They’re single mothers; They’re people who have lost their jobs; They’re people who are down on their luck; They’re people like you and me.
This year, Redeeming Grace Christian Church has fed more than 25,000 people.
Each person that walks through is enveloped by the hope of Christ. It starts with a warm greeting, continues through the smiles of the church’s host of volunteers and carries through to the end as church members load the food into people’s cars. Spiritual conversations take place organically over tables of food as believers share their faith with those who come, 90 percent of whom are not church members.
The effeciency, friendliness and generosity of the food outreach was amazing to watch. In the coming weeks, the congregation will provide baskets of Thanksgiving food, including turkeys, to at least 300 families.
Church Administrator Marion Thomas, who coordinates the food ministry, said the hunger needs of state are begging every church to get involved in helping those who do not know where their next meal will come from. And while Redeeming Grace’s ministry is extensive, she said there are a number of ways congregations can easily get involved in meeting the needs of the hungry.