STORIES

We’re happy to share the following stories and experiences, as written by individuals and ecclesias who have participated in outreach initiatives.

Our hope is that by sharing these stories, others will be encouraged and inspired to do the same whenever the opportunity arises (Galatians 6:10).

View older stories

BagsofLove
December 2022
Lincoln City, OR
Coastal Support ServicesLincoln City, Oregon
We live in Lincoln City, a small town on the Oregon Coast, before we moved here we vacationed here for years. During that time we were completely unaware of the discrepancy between rich and poor that both call this place “home”. Now that we do live here, full time, our eyes have been opened. I …
Bags of Love
December 2022
Barrie Ecclesia
The LighthouseBarrie, Ontario
The Barrie Ecclesia members requested the Bags of Love and the $250 grant to support a local homeless shelter in one of our nearby communities.  The Lighthouse in Orillia provides meals, overnight emergency accommodation and supportive housing to those in need.  The bags, supplies bought with the grant, and a collection of donated supplies from …
BagsofLove
December 2022
Verdugo Hills Ecclesia
Foothill Unity CenterVerdugo Hills, CA
Our family has had the privilege to volunteer for the last 18 years at a local Food Pantry called Foothill Unity Center. Foothill Unity Center serves 11 cities who have neighbors experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. I also worked part time as one of their volunteer program managers so I know very well the heart …
BagsofLove
November 2022
San Fransisco Marinwood Ecclesia
John Swett School DistrictSan Francisco, CA
We made a donation to the John Swett School District and provided the list of items needed for the backpacks (the district will keep the excess money for their next project.) The JSUSD staff purchased and filled the backpacks. This school district has a large proportion of low-income families and the backpacks were gratefully received. …
BagsofLove
November 2022
Halifax Ecclesia
Out of the ColdHalifax, NS
We dropped off the sleeping bags and blankets to a charity called Out of the Cold in Halifax NS. They were extremely grateful so thank you!!
GotYourBack
June 2022
Honesdale Ecclesia
Youth ServicesHonesdale, PA
We received the backpacks for the GotYOURBack initiative. Today, June 26th, in lieu of Sunday School, we gathered for some fellowship time and packed the backpacks with items donated by members and some outside donations as well along with the items you provided us. It felt good to be able to help youths in our …
GotYourBack
June 2022
Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia
Faith Hope & Charity Foster Care AgencySchooley's Mountain, NJ
The Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia, NJ donated 24 backpacks to the Faith Hope & Charity Foster Care Agency in Stroudsburg, PA in early June. Brother Zach Nelson, son Remi, and I delivered the backpacks just before the end of the school year here in our area. The backpacks were filled with snacks, hygiene items, a big …
GotYourBack
April 2022
Toronto East Ecclesia
Respite Services - Warden Woods Community CentreToronto, Ontario
Dear Brothers and Sisters, We would like to thank you for the opportunity to show the love of Jesus this winter with the Bags of Love program. We were able to deliver the sleeping bags we received to a 24 Hour Respite Centre. The Drop-In Respite Centre, run by the Warden Woods Community Centre provides …
Knit2Gether
January 2022
Treasure Coast Ecclesia
Adopt-a-Family (AAF)Treasure Coast, FL
The sewing sisters of Treasure Coast FL ecclesia made 24 tote bags from remnants of upholstery projects. The fabrics were free!
Bags of Love
January 2022
Langlois
K light 98.7 radio for lifeCoos Bay, Oregon
When traveling in my car I listen to a Christian radio station from the nearest large town, which is Coos Bay. Recently they were talking about ministering to homeless veterans. Our coastal climate is very cold and wet in the winter. So I thought who better to receive the bags of love. When I contacted …