S T O R I E S

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).

November 2021
Bags of Love 2021 – Saanich Peninsula Ecclesia
Victoria, British Columbia
Recipient: Salvation Army, Next Steps Resource Centre
Initiative: Bags of Love 2021
I ordered the school supplies online. We set a day and time to meet at the hall. Probably had about 10 people came to help unpack boxes and fill the backpacks.  It was a great opportunity to talk with my kids about others not able to buy their own school supplies. It was a good …
November 2021
Bags of Love 2021 – Cataumet Ecclesia
Orleans, Cape Cod, Massachusets
Recipient: Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod and the Islands
Initiative: Bags of Love 2021
Our sleeping bags were donated to the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod and the Islands.  Their outreach branch actively seeks out the homeless and tries to assist them. In each sleeping bag we put a brochure which included our contact information and the postcard, both beautifully designed with uplifting verses/messages printed by the Garden …
November 2021
Bags of Love 21 – Lancaster Ecclesia
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Recipient: Water Street Rescue Mission
Initiative: Bags of Love 2021
Brother Jim Windham (Lancaster,PA.Ecclesia) is giving the sleeping bags to Jeff (on the  dock) a volunteer at the Water Street Rescue Mission. The Mission was founded on scriptural principles to help those in need, giving both spiritual and physical aid. It has programs for all ages; aids the homeless whether long-term or temporarily; and provides …
September 2021
Kits4Kids – Barrie Ecclesia
Barrie, Ontario
Recipient: Johnson St. Public School, Barrie, Ontario
Initiative: Kits4Kids
Our Ecclesia in Barrie, Ontario accepted The Garden’s generous offer of backpacks for needy children & took up a donation to buy supplies. On Thursday, I shopped for supplies to fill the backpacks for the needy children at Johnson St. Public School, Barrie, Ontario. On Monday, Sept 6, myself & a few members from our …
September 2021
Kits4Kids – Guelph Ecclesia
Guelph, Ontario
Recipient: Hope House
Initiative:
Last week we completed the Kits for Kids backpack initiative at the ecclesia. 44 backpacks were filled with items for the Kindergarten to Grade 2 age group. Things like pencils, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers etc. were put in each bag. The packs were dropped off at HOPE House. They were already co-coordinating a …
September 2021
Kits4Kids – Melancthon, Ontario
Dundalk, Ontario
Recipient: Highpoint Community School, Dundalk, Ontario
Initiative: Kits4Kids
The 24 backpacks we kept have been packed and delivered. They looked really good when loaded up and we were pleased with the end result!! Our family worked on getting the items to put into them and another family also bought some items. So, all in all we were very happy with how they turned …