Metrolina feeds multitudes at Thanksgiving
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
November 20, 2009

Metrolina feeds multitudes at Thanksgiving

Metrolina feeds multitudes at Thanksgiving
Norman Jameson, BR Editor
November 20, 2009

Inspired by a similar

project by First Baptist Church, Charlotte, last year, 22 churches in Metrolina Baptist Association will be “feeding the multitude” Nov. 22-24.

Other churches in the state

have picked up on First Baptist’s 2008 “Feeding the 5,000” event in which it

distributed 1,000 boxes of food that each would provide a Thanksgiving feast

for a family of five following a worship service and gospel presentation at the

church. Metrolina is taking it citywide.

Bob Lowman, Metrolina

director/missionary, is a member of First Baptist Charlotte and immediately

following the service last year began planning for a 2009 event among the

associations 113 churches.

Twenty-two churches

committed to participate and will distribute from eight sites an estimated

2,700 boxes of food that each contains enough rice, yams, beans and a canned

ham to feed five. Each box will also contain a paperback copy of the New


Two of the churches will

provide a meal after the worship service, before distributing the boxes of


Contributed photo

Canned hams, along with yams, rice, and beans, were put in boxes in 2008’s Feed the 5,000 effort by First Baptist Church, Charlotte. This year the Metrolina Baptist Association has expanded the effort.

Following a meeting in Cary

Nov. 16 Lowman thought of including a New Testament and he stopped at every

LifeWay Christian Bookstore between Cary and Raleigh and bought each of the

1,600 copies available.

The eight distribution

points are: First Baptist, Nations Ford Community, First Baptist, Matthews;

University Hills, Holly Hunter, Westmoreland, East and New Hope.

Each church distributed

flyers advertising the event to apartment complexes, trailer parks and other

places with a likelihood of finding residents who need the help.

The best news to Lowman,

associational director/missionary for three years, is that four churches are

reviving or starting food pantry ministries as a result of the initiative.

“My hope when we started

promoting this event was that churches would come forward to say, ‘We want to

do that, but believe we should start doing it year round,’” Lowman said. “So

three or four churches have started food pantries. And one that was operating a

pantry, but being overrun by need, is getting other churches to help now in a

cooperative effort.”

Metrolina Association has

undergone many difficult days in the past few years, but Lowman,

director/missionary for three years, said the “Feeding the Multitudes in

Metrolina” project has “helped unite us in ways we haven’t been united in


“The practical reason

for doing this is that feeding ministries in Charlotte are being significantly

used because so many families are coming asking for food and resources,” Lowman

said. “We believe it’s our responsibility as a church to feed the hungry, so we’re

doing that.”

The trend, he said, has been

for churches to pass off their feeding mission to other organizations. “When

people come to the church for help, it is good if they help from the church,”

he said.

He said the worship service

before food distribution and the New Testament in each box means the churches

will be feeding “body and spirit.”

Lowman hopes to see the

vision double to feed 25,000 people next year.