Eliashib Feeding and Clothing Ministry
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’Matthew 25:35-40
Every living creature needs food and nourishment. There is no more practical aspect of showing compassion to others than feeding those who are hungry. Jesus spoke plainly in the scriptures when he admonished us to feed, and clothe those who were hungry and naked. Each Third Sunday of the month at 12:00 noon and especially on holidays, members and friends from the United Fellowship prepare a delicious and nutritious meal for our community members in need. According to Elisahib director, Minister Linda Sims, “Eliashib means that God will restore. Providing a meal for those who are going through a tough time gives them hope that God indeed will restore their lives.”
Thanksgiving and Christmas can be rough season for struggling families. The United Fellowship partners with various merchants and friends to provide baskets that include a turkey and all the trimmings for a meal during Thanksgiving and Christmas. :”Food fills the stomach but it also fills the heart. People know you love them if you feed them”, says Outreach worker, Linda Goins.
Children are a big part of Christmas and the children in our community are always blessed as the United Fellowship partners with Toys For Tots and other merchants in the community to provide toys for Christmas. Several families also receive baskets that include a turkey and all the trimmings for a holiday meal. The church believes in providing wrapped gifts so they have weeklong “wrapping” parties in order to make the gifts look festive. .According to Deaconess Ruby Benjamin, “I feel the love of Christ when I help others. I pray that they see the love of Christ as they receive.”
If you would like to help financially with any of our outreach ministries, please send your donation today to New Hope Church Community, Memo: Outreach, 614 Alabama street, Vallejo, CA 94590