Over the last three months, 29 local AME churches have participated in a penny drive to support Second Harvest North Florida. This week they presented us with a generous donation $800, which was all collected from pennies. The following is a guest post by Christopher E. Thomas of Greater Payne A.M.E. explaining the amazing initiative:
In the gospel of Matthew 7:7 Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you."
Throughout the Eleventh Episcopal District, the YPDers (Young People Division) were given the task of collecting pennies to feed the hungry in the city of Jacksonville. Ms. Gloria Smith (Area YPD director) and the Jones/Farnell Mission Project challenged the youth of 15 churches in the Suwannee-North district to be selfless and collect pennies for the less fortunate.
The YPDers took on this task in a mighty way. Over a period of 3 months they worked diligently to collect pennies and other monetary donations. They used pickle jars, water cooler jugs, and gallon juice containers to collect these funds. At the end of the challenge, the youth were pleasantly surprised at how all 15 churches gave something to give back to those less fortunate.
On September 21, 2013, The YPDers met to count the monies collected. The grand total that the youth raised was $826.94. These donation was given to Second Harvest North Florida where it will be used to feed 5,600 men, women, and children who are hungry right here in the City of Jacksonville. Without the vision and the faith of our YPD Director Ms. Gloria Smith, The YPDers would not have had the opportunity to serve their community, and the less fortunate would not be able to be blessed. Pennies to some may not be much, but for those who don't know where their next meal will come from, they are a God Send.
Matthew 21:22 States, "What so ever you ask for in prayer, believing, and trusting you shall receive it."