On Sunday, over 500 volunteers came to pack meals for those in need at Hope City Church of Joplin during their 9:45 A.M. and 10:15 A.M. services.
"In a season where it can be easy to give our attention and focus to things, we wanted to focus on people. Instead of having a typical worship gathering, we spent most of our time packing meals that will help feed hungry families," Head Pastor Cody Walker told The Christian Post in a statement. The church complied with Coronavirus restrictions and everyone wore a mask, gloves, and hairnets. In all, 40,218 meals were packed.
The meals were delivered to Watered Garden Ministries, which the church has partnered with for a few years. The meals will be distributed at their Mission Market and their Outreach Center.
"It helps keep our Mission Market stocked with an item we use very often and thus tend to run out of regularly," Casie Augustine, the Kitchen Manager at Watered Gardens, told The Christian Post. "Through providing quality food, it allows us to have regular shoppers, and build relationships with our clients. This gives us an opportunity to encourage, share hope, and pray with those we get to meet and serve."
Hope City Church of Joplin is a campus of the Hope City Church, which has three locations. According to Hope City Church of Joplin's website, they "are a group of people who are dedicated to helping [people] identify and take [their] next step in the safety and freedom of community! Through our Student Ministry, City Life serving opportunities, or City Kids, you can connect with others as you grow in your relationship with Christ."
Hope City Church itself says they seek to be a church for the unchurched. Their "mission is to help people experience Jesus in a way that will change their lives and impact generations with His hope."
Photo courtesy: Hope City Church Facebook
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