by Pastor Brenda Thomas
Many equate summer time with kids out of school, days off from work, trips to visit family, vacationing at your favorite spot, walks on the beach, picnics in the park… the list of summer activities could go on and on! Summer is supposed to be fun, right? It is great to enjoy nice weather and spending time with family and friends. I personally loved the special “Grammy Time” I had these past few weeks with all three of my sweet granddaughters!
But I want to highlight some “Fun” events that take “Fun” to a new level. Fun that is out of this world! There is no greater joy than extending your hand to touch a life with the love of Jesus. I am so proud of our Church family at HBCC for participating in three major Outreaches this Summer.
In July, over fifty people from our Church joined hundreds of other Christians participating in San Francisco City Impact. What a blessing to minister to those living in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Countless numbers of lives were touched with the love of God through prayer, receiving free food, hair cuts, manicures and pedicures, medical attention, games for the children and even grooming for their pets! What a joy to see God’s love in action! Now that is fun!
We just finished two more outreaches this month. Our church always has a booth at the Zucchini Festival in Hayward, CA. This year we continued to let our light shine in our community and had the opportunity to pray the Salvation Prayer with 144 people. There is no entertainment or activity that compares to the joy of leading someone to Jesus; what fun!
Last weekend, we held our annual “Operation Outreach.” This event includes games and crafts for the children, a free hot dog lunch for all attending, bags of groceries for each adult and, the highlight of the day, every child gets a backpack filled with school supplies! Close to 200 backpacks were given out, 150 bags of groceries were distributed, and 145 adults and children received Jesus into their hearts! It is hard to describe the smiles and grateful hearts, but as they say, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words!” Some of the event was captured in the pictures below.
Pastor Mark and I want to say a big thank you to all who made these outreaches possible! So many of you participated through your prayers, finances and giving of your time. May you never forget the impact your actions had on the lives touched, and may your heart be ever filled and flooded with His joy and goodness!
You are loved,