Dec 22, 2007

600 Families Come to First Wesleyan!

This past Thursday (Dec. 20), the Huntington First Wesleyan Church partnered with the Salvation Army to distribute Christmas gifts and food boxes to over 600 low-income families. Earlier in the month, my wife Natalie noticed on the local news that the Salvation Army was in a crisis because they could not find a building to hold and distribute their Angel Tree Christmas gift program. I immediately called Captain Bob Mullins of the Huntington Salvation Army and they agreed to set up shop in our gym for three weeks.

So on December 20, about twenty-five volunteers from Huntington First came out to assist in any way they could. Many of them took the day off work in order to help. Over 11,000 Christmas presents, 600 Christmas dinners, 150 plus bicycles, 75 Jesus Videos, 60 Bibles, and 900 invite cards to First Wesleyan's Christmas service were distributed to over 600 families throughout the day.

This was such an amazing day to see God's people being missionaries to their own community. We were blown away by the generosity of this city, and we're excited to do it again next year!