SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Sandhill International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) had items on their agenda for July 4 that transcended the church yard. Members of Sandhill IPCC distributed 900 meals to people in need in the local area, according to Pastor of Sandhill IPCC, Gary Newman.
“We have been preparing to deliver these meals throughout our community in places of low income housing, underneath the viaduct,” Newman said. “We’re going to up and down Eighth Street there in Portsmouth. We going to get meals out to those who wouldn’t otherwise get a cook out meal.The Lord laid this upon our hearts some weeks ago, and we just think its a good thing to do. We are just having a good time, inspite of the rain. The Lord just held up the rain for a little while now. We have 900 hamburgers and hot dogs, and we are planning on giving them all out. “
The food give away was made possible through businesses, and other ministries that provided Sandhill IPCC with generous contributions.
“Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia, Cindy and they crew up there helped us, furnishing the hot dogs, and Giovannis in Ashland, Kentucky, the Lemasters are wonderful people. They donated hamburgers for us to be able to use here today, and they are so good to us,” Newman said. “And then there’s the Evangelistic Outreach of New Boston, Calvin Ray Evans, and Brian Baer also helped make this possible, and Tires R Us on the west side, A.J Auto Sales, just a lot of them came together and donated. Pepsi donated a large amount of pop here today for us to be able to give out.”
Newman said he and his congregation are fulfilling biblical scriptures from the book of Matthew 25.
“It is just a wonderful, wonderful feeling when people come together in one mind, and do what God has called them to do,” Newman said. “This is Matthew 25 at it’s best,”When you do unto the least of these, you’ve done it unto me. The whole chapter of Matthew 25 if you read it, it tells us how to live our lives for Christ.”
Becky Adams, a member of Sandhill IPCC, and coordinator of the community distribution event, said being able to share with people less fortunate is such a blessing.
“It is a blessing to be able to do this,” Adams said. “Our church already does a food ministry, a food pantry every third Tuesday of the month. There are so many people to get blessed with this, and that way we are going out into the community and feeding those that don’t have the means to cook out today, some little kids that will not be able to be a part of a cook out. So, what we are taking out to them has everything that they will need in it to enjoy a cook out meal on a national holiday. It is just an absolute blessing.”
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