Funds for Easter
play buy groceries instead
By Isaac Olivarez
Instead of using
its $25,000 Easter budget toward stage props, lighting and costumes
for its large annual Easter play, Faith Tabernacle Assembly
of God in Oklahoma City bought 75,000 pounds of food to give
away the day before Easter.
The food —
which included potatoes, canned vegetables, beans, rice, cereal,
and soup — was distributed through 5,000 Boxes of Hope
divided among three age groups.
people outside the church aren’t aware of things we want
to do for them,” says Rebecca Washington, member of Faith
Tabernacle for five years who helped pack and distribute boxes.
“By our doing something out of love and showing them we
care, it shows them the love of Christ.”
The event, called
Project Hope, featured presentations in the church sanctuary
by Senior Pastor Terry Bates in English and Spanish. Attendees
were invited to church on Easter for a kids celebration and
illustrated message for adults. Despite a cold and rainy day,
church volunteers gave away more than 1,000 boxes of food to
area residents. The rest of the boxes were given to local charities
and organizations to be distributed later.
Bates says the purpose
of giving away 5,000 boxes of groceries on Easter weekend is
to express the church’s desire to minister on a regular
basis to the people in the surrounding area.
to capture the attention of our city with something big and
memorable,” Bates says. “But our goal is to do much
more than give away food. We want to build relationships with
the people in our community.”