Sand Hill International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) is far from being a mega-church. In fact, they only have around 25-30 people who attend their services on a regular basis, but what they lack in numbers they make up in faith. That’s why they plan events in which they feed all the families they can on a regular basis, knowing that what they need will be there when they need it.
“We do the special boxes, turkeys and the dressing and everything to make a nice big meal for Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Pastor Gary Newman said. “This past year Thanksgiving was ready because we had time to get it ready, but come Christmas, we were starting to struggle. God had a plan. One night at our Christmas play practice, they looked on the door and there was a letter from UPS saying to come to Ashland, and they went up there and picked up 40 – $25 gift cards from Save-A-Lot.”
Another surprise came in the mail when Walmart sent them $2,500. Since that time, the stories like that continue to go on and on. Newman said Giovanni’s donates 40 turkeys for each event.
On Saturday, April 1, Sand Hill IPCC will be holding an event to help raise money to feed the families who are in need year round. It will take place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“We’re having an indoor yard sale and garage sale,” Newman said. “This is to benefit our food pantry where we feed quite a few people every month and we’ve also got our youth camp coming up in July that we supply food for, and this helps us get the finances we need to do that with.”
Newman’s congregation works way above their size.
“We’re just a little tiny church that’s struggling to do all these things,” Newman said.
Are you seeing an increase in the need in the community?
“The increase has grown,” Newman said. “On a couple of different occasions over the past year, we’ve gotten 40,000 pounds of potatoes each time, and this year, we were only able to get it at Christmas time.”
Newman said some agencies have cut back on what they provide in the way of food to needy families in the community.
“That has affected us too because we’re picking up people there,” Newman said. “We’re not like most of your food pantries. We don’t really make you jump through hoops to get a box of food. A proof of residence and a picture ID is all that is required at our food pantry. If you’re dishonest – you’re dishonest. Most of our clients are honest people and they depend on a little bit of help from us.”
Newman said he is also seeing a decrease in food stamps which causes more people to need their food pantry.
He said anyone who brings a can of food to Saturday’s sale will get a dollar off their purchase.
Sand Hill International Pentecostal Church of Christ is located at 200 Second St. in Sand Hill, just outside of South Shore, Kentucky, and that is where Saturday’s indoor yard and garage sale will be held.
“It becomes dependency upon one guy and his name is Jesus, and we couldn’t do without him,” Newman said.
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