LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As part of Crossover ‘09 in Louisville, local Southern Baptists will distribute three truckloads of food and personal care items to some 1,200 families in the greater Louisville area on June 20.
The food “drop” is a joint effort by Crossover Louisville, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the SBC’s North American Mission Board (NAMB), the Feed The Children ministry, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Long Run Baptist Association.
The three truckloads of food will be delivered to Louisville’s Bethlehem Baptist Church, Baptist Fellowship Center and Shively Baptist Church, which are Feed The Children partners. The 1,200 local families have been pre-identified, and each family will receive a box of food and personal care items to help the family for up to one week.
“We are so grateful to work with the Southern Baptist Convention and Crossover Louisville,” said Larry Jones, founder and president of Feed The Children. “Not only will 1,200 Louisville families receive food and personal care items, they will also receive the opportunity to learn about the message of Christ as well.”
Dudley Reaves, a member of 1,200-member Bethlehem Baptist in southeast Louisville and team leader for the food drop, said 65 volunteers at his church not only will share food but also will share the gospel via the distribution of tracts and CDs. Reaves said the pre-identified families will drive through the church’s parking lot and present food vouchers.
One of NAMB’s Intentional Community Evangelism (ICE) teams also is slated to be on hand to talk personally to family members one-on-one who want to come inside Bethlehem Baptist for additional information, Reaves said.
“The North American Mission Board and our local partners — the Kentucky state convention and the local Long Run Baptist Association — welcome the opportunity to work with Feed The Children in this food drop,” said Richard Leach, NAMB’s team leader for servant/ministry evangelism. “Because of the nation’s economic downturn, food ministries like these are more important than ever.
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Noah is a writer for the North American Mission Board.)