Pinckard Baptist, other churches feed some 18,000 peoplecomment (0)
December 19, 2013
By Julie Payne
With 3,600 bags of food each feeding a family of five, some 18,000 people were provided a free meal on Nov. 23.
And it was all thanks to the participation of several Alabama churches, including Pinckard Baptist Church in Dale Baptist Association.
The food distribution was part of a four-county event called Feeding the Multitudes, in which Pinckard Baptist and other churches partnered together to provide a pre-Thanksgiving meal to communities as well as the opportunity for them to hear the gospel message.
As people arrived at one of five sites to pick up their reserved bag of food, which included a ham, green beans, rice and a bag of sweet potatoes, there was a gospel presentation — and in some cases even a worship service — they could attend.
And along with the free food, included in their bag were a Bible and gospel tract.
Roger Stone, pastor of Pinckard Baptist, said their food distribution site was held at a middle school’s gymnasium in Pinckard and was put on with the help of members from about 10 churches. Their event combined the Feeding the Multitudes food giveaway with a showing of “Defining Moments,” one of the My Hope America with Billy Graham videos.
At this site alone, between 1,200 and 1,300 people came through and saw the video, Stone said.
Other churches that participated in Feeding the Multitudes included Grace Point Baptist Church, Dothan; The Harbor Church, Dothan; Heritage United Methodist Church, Enterprise; and Shady Grove Assembly of God in Geneva County.
Through the Feeding the Multitudes effort, “we had about 33 professions of faith (and) hundreds and hundreds of people came for prayer,” said Jeff Peacock, pastor of Grace Point Baptist. “We shared the gospel with probably more than 6,000 people.”
The event began in 2012 as “Feeding the 5,000” with a couple of participating churches. Peacock said the response from the 2012 event was so overwhelming that they began soliciting other churches to get involved for 2013.
Feeding the Multitudes “crosses all denominational lines,” he said, adding the event “really engages and challenges church members.”
Pinckard Baptist held a celebration service the Sunday following the event, and the testimonies from people who were involved “just kept going on and on” about how lives were touched, Stone said, noting that several people who came to pick up food attended the celebration service.
Churches in Selma, Covington County and other locations have already expressed a desire to be a part of Feeding the Multitudes in 2014. Pinckard Baptist plans to participate again as well, and Stone said church members are excited and already talking about preparing for the 2014 event.
“We really want to invite as many (churches) to get involved as possible” for 2014, Peacock noted.
For more information about Feeding the Multitudes, email Peacock at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.enough4today.com.