Every Community Needs A Pastor Chris
I am often asked how we are different from other organizations who feed kids. While we are different in many ways, one way is that we feed children from early childhood centers through high school while most of the other organizations focus only on elementary students.
Chris, a pastor of one of our Hand2Hand churches, is partnered with an urban junior high school and he recently shared his first encounter with the principal of the school.
Chris: If our church could come alongside of you and help you in one area, what would that be?
Principal: Do you have any drug counselors at your church? Drugs have always been in our school but we are finding that kids are beginning to sell them now.
Chris (slightly surprised by the request): I’m not sure we have anyone qualified to be a drug counselor. If we don’t, is there any other way we can come alongside of you to support and encourage your students?
Principal: Can you feed our kids so they aren’t hungry over the weekend? Hunger is a real problem for them.
Chris: We can do that! Have you ever heard about Hand2Hand?
When I heard that the principal requested drug counselors for his junior high students, I was stunned and saddened and it reaffirmed once again that Hand2Hand must go into all of our schools. Every child matters, regardless of age and Hand2Hand will do all we can to support, encourage, feed, and pray for all children. According to the National Education Association, adolescence is a “period of brain growth which marks the beginning of a person's ability to problem solve, think critically, plan, and control impulses.” If they are lacking in food and nutrition as an adolescent, they may struggle the rest of their lives.
I’m so thankful for pastors like Chris who desire to impact kids and love like Jesus in their local community. Today students at this Junior High School are being fed over the weekend. Every community needs pastors who have the courage and tenacity to rise up and make a difference. Chris’ church also provides after school activities and many students come to these activities with their Hand2Hand weekend food. He knows his church is making a difference. They are bringing hope, love, prayers, and food to kids who need a 'hand up' to excel in life.
Hand2Hand strives to feed any hungry child, early childhood through high school because every child, regardless of age, is significant in God’s eyes and in our eyes. We believe every child has been created with a God given potential and Hand2Hand seeks to help them reach that potential by providing weekend food to strengthen and nourish them.
I'm thankful for ALL of our 73 church partners, pastors, and volunteers who love like Jesus!