Villa Heights Baptist Church
Thursday, August 21, 2014
God's Friendly Beacon On The Hill
In the spring of 2010, ladies from our church heard a testimony at a mother/daughter camp about how one little boy made a difference. This boy recognized a hungry friend who sat next to him at school. He began to pack extra snacks for school. When asked by his mother why he was bringing the extra snacks to school he told her: “My friend is hungry”. This began their backpack ministry and, through this ministry, lives have been changed. We were moved and decided we wanted to make a difference too. No child should be hungry and thus began our ministry.
Our backpack ministry is an outreach program to provide food to disadvantaged elementary aged children who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends. At this time, our church is helping 15 - 20 children at Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County, Virginia.
This ministry is run solely on donations! We accept food donations as well as monetary donations. With the donations given we are able to fill backpacks once a week. The children take them home on Friday and return them empty on Monday. If you would like to help our ministry, please see the guidelines below. Thanks so much for your support! We would also encourage you to pray for the children receiving the backpacks; Psalms 102:28 says "The children of your people will live in security. The children's children will thrive in your presence."
Monetary Donations - Please make any monetary donation out to Villa Heights Baptist Church, just write "Backpack Ministry" on the memo line of your check and you can rest assured your money will be used for nothing but food items for this ministry.
Food Donations - We love food donations as well. Please shop according to the list below. These items have been chosen because they have the best shelf life and hold up well while being transported in the backpacks.
If you have questions or comments you can contact Jennifer Vance.