If you are familiar with N.H.I.M., you are likely aware that our scriptural theme is Matt.25:35-40. As a reminder to all of us, those on staff and those of you who support us, allow me to quote the full five verses:
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘ Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; (36) I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? (38) When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and cloth You? (39) Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? (40) And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say unto you, inasmuch as you did it unto the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
With great joy, I am pleased to announce that the Abiding Hope Food Pantry is again open. The rough shed-like structure that was being used did not meet specifications to receive continuing supplies from God’s Pantry and other agencies. About five thousand dollars was needed for a concrete floor, insulation, and exterior siding to bring the structure into compliance. We are deeply grateful to friends at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bayou La Batre, Alabama for their generous gifts. The financial support and voluntary labor brought ‘Abiding Hope’ back to life.
Praise the Lord, the first truck load of food was received in late November. Within days, we hope to receive a supply of used but good beds, chest of drawers, and wardrobes from Asbury University. These will be stored at Abiding Hope until they can be distributed to needy families in the area.
‘Abiding Hope’ is a vital part of our vision to bring a great revival to Eastern Kentucky. The pictures below are of the renovation of the food pantry. (Click on an image to see the full-size gallery.)