This is the 13th year the outreach, which is a branch outreach ministry of Christ Fellowship International Church, has provided a Thanksgiving feast open for anyone who wished to attend. Pastor Lindon Frost said the outreach began on Sept. 8, 2000.
“Matthew, Chapter 25, is why we call it the Matthew Ministry Outreach; it says that we are called to feed people. Jesus fed people, and the church has a duty to feed people as well, not just spiritually but physically,” Frost said. “We have a duty, so it’s a Jesus outreach. What would He do? He would feed people. What would He do? He would clothe them.”
Approximately 75 to 100 people showed up Wednesday morning. Whether they were there to enjoy a hot meal, volunteer their services to hand out food or deliver a message of encouragement and blessings for the season, people were truly thankful to congregate and share a meal with a little conversation.
“Whether there’s one or 100, we’re going to feed people. ... We’re committed regardless of the number, and we’re going to be faithful. That individual is important,” Frost said. “Our whole goal is to propagate hope. Hope for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Before the crowd started to dig in, pastor Abb Israel Javine from the New Rehoboth International Family Church in Tuscaloosa had people shouting and laughing from across the room as he gave his opinion on this weekend’s Iron Bowl game before sharing with them the reason why we should be thankful.
“I like football, but I love Jesus more,” Javine said a few minutes before giving out Bibles. “On a more serious note, we love the Lord. Your sacrifice will not go unnoticed by Jesus. ... I believe God is going to do something for you personally. I believe God got us here together today.”
Volunteers from the Jasper Civitan Club, different churches and local volunteers both young and old pitched in Wednesday to serve those who attended.
Frost said a good majority of high schools within the county were represented with teenage volunteers while some church members drove all the way from Cullman to participate.
He said volunteers delivered plates to various homes within the Jasper city limits and canned goods also were distributed.
“We’ve got the power to survive. People are being challenged in the time that we’re living in right now. Christians, non-Christians, are being challenged,” Frost said. “But, the Lord’s given us that creative power to survive, and we can survive. The hardest thing for Americans is to make adjustments after they get used to conveniences. That’s hard for some to do, but we can do it. We can make it by the grace of God.”
The outreach will be having a toy drive and Christmas dinner Friday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Frost said they are asking now for contributions of fruit and personal items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc., to give to people.