(Those of you who don’t live in Huntsville don’t have to read this.)
A good friend of mine told me recently that she heard a preacher once say, “Love is God in action”. If that’s true, then we have a tremendous opportunity to be God in action here in Huntsville.
One of the ministries that is nearest to my heart these days is the Huntsville Inner City Ministry. Art and Cynthia Leslie serve this ministry in a full-time capacity, but that phraseology hardly does justice to their work. Better said, they serve with their whole lives. They spend their days among the most ignored and overlooked portion of our community’s populace: the poor.
Over the last few weeks, the Inner City’s food pantry and benevolence closet has been flooded with people needing food and warm clothing. Monday is distribution day at the Inner City. On a typical Monday, Art and Cynthia spend about two hours talking with those who show up, praying with them and counseling them before helping to meet their physical needs. Today that process took closer to six hours. The number of people needing assistance in our community is just incredible.
The Inner City food pantry and benevolence closet desperately needs to be replenished. If you can help out, here are some of the items that we especially need:
- Winter jackets for adult men and women
- Canned vegetables
- Bottled water
- Laundry detergent (liquid detergent is preferable)
- Fabric softener
Of course, the Inner City Church also accepts cash donations as well. I can assure you that every dime we collect will go to meet the needs of the hungry and under-clothed in our community. If you want to help, you can drop off these items at the Inner City Church any time this week during normal business hours (8am-5pm). Or you can contact me and I’ll be glad to take them over for you.
Let us love, and in so doing, let’s watch God in action among us.