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).

February 2021
Los Angeles Ecclesia
Whittier, California
Recipient: The Salvation Army, Whittier Corps
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Dear WCF and the Garden Outreach Project, Greetings from Southern California! Thank you for your compassionate efforts. I received the sleeping bags last week, it took me a few days to get in contact with a shelter in my area. Originally I wanted to give them to a woman’s and children’s crisis center, but I …
December 2020
Denver Ecclesia
Denver, Colorado
Recipient: Christ's Body Ministries
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
We chose Christ’s Body Ministries (christsbody.org) as our charity to donate our sleeping bags to. We were drawn to this particular charity for the homeless because not only do they provide physical needs to the homeless but also spiritual needs and lifelong tools to help them get back on their feet. They are a day …
December 2020
Ontario Christadelphians
Kitchener, Ontario
Recipient: Ray of Hope
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Our donation was very low key and uneventful. We didn’t get pictures as it was literally dropping them at the back door of the Ray of Hope centre- covid restriction meant we couldn’t go in or interact with anyone. I chose this organization as their mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ by: investing …
December 2020
Lancaster Ecclesia
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Recipient: Water Street Rescue Mission
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
Our tiny (10 member) ecclesia decided to participate in the sleeping bag project last year. I contacted the Water Street Mission, which has been in Lancaster forever—used to be called the Water Street Rescue Mission—, and they were delighted to accept the bags. My husband and I delivered the bags in the middle of December, …
November 2020
Vernon Ecclesia
Vernon, British Columbia
Recipient: Turning Points Collaborative Society
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
I am new to Vernon and I was not familiar with any local shelters. When I found a local shelter, Turning Points Collaborative Society, I reached out to them and they were so happy to hear that I was interested in donating a number of sleeping bags! Vernon has had an early start to winter …
October 2020
Boise Ecclesia
Boise, Idaho
Recipient: Corpus Christi
Initiative: Bags of Love Initiative 2020
The Idaho Ecclesia received your newsletter late September and discussed participation the first Sunday of October. All members were eager and excited for the opportunity. Contact was made with Sister Ani Beeler, Sister Heide Molinaro, and Brother Jason Grant. 20 sleeping bags were received on Oct. 16 , the same day 20 plus cards arrived. …