“We need to be who God has called us to be. I hope for our community that people get to see the love of God. Our hope and goal is that they give glory to our Father in Heaven. We want this to be part of the proclamation that this is what Jesus has done for us and we want people to know and be able to worship Him.
David Searles from Central Assembly of God Church – East Boston
Who We Serve
East Boston is a unique little neighborhood in Boston, and our team has grown to love it! We created a website called eastbostonresources.com so that all of the organizations seeking to offer loving care to the community could be readily accessible in a single site. The impetus for this site was David Searles, longterm pastor of Central Assemblies of God Church in East Boston. We have been working closely with this loving congregation, learning from them and finding joy in serving the people of their community alongside them.
For me, food pantry management is a great volunteer destination. There’s nothing like focusing on others especially the underserved to take my mind off my own needs and wants.
It has been a delight to labor alongside this small but mighty congregation of around fifty members. This congregation reflects unity in Christ from “every nation, tribe, and tongue” (and age) praying, laughing, and creative problem-solving together as we source, bag, and distribute food for over 100 East Boston families twice weekly. Spiritual outreach occurs also as, for example, one individual gently shares to those waiting for food how God is her Savior and how He has cared for her.
Weekly Updates november 16-20
- Continuing to provide regular volunteers for food pantry days. Volunteers, the Lord willing, are scheduled to pickup/deliver/store free food bank food of ~1200 lb (we hope!)
- We purchased Thanksgiving sides at a warehouse and a backup supply of prepackaged beans wherever they can be found.
- New volunteer will join in picking up Park Street Preschool PreK class food drive food Fri 11/20 for inclusion in Monday 11/23 Thanksgiving dinner prep bags.
- Acquiring future timely and adequate food despite supply chain disruptions due to increased demand and Farmers-to-Family box disruptions as described previously.
- Our backup inventory of beans is largely being used up today. We are thankful for the Boston Resiliency Fund grant which provides CAGC funds to purchase replacement food.
- Prayers for Covid safety for all volunteers with City Engagement, especially when cold weather brings more activities indoors. Thus far we are unaware of any cases at the CAGC pantry.
- Despite the business of pantry work, that all believing volunteers reflect Christ’s love to fellow volunteers and to the families we serve.
The grant of $24,000, to be used over three months, was awarded by the Boston Resiliency Fund, dedicated to helping community groups provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning students, and support to first responders and health care workers in Boston.
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