“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.
As we near Christmas, there is a palpable longing in our city for the tidings of comfort and joy that come with Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Even though 2020 has presented many challenges to overcome, God has abundantly provided resources to bless those in need this holiday season.
Thanks to a new corporate partnership this year, CSM distributed 48,595 lbs of resources to church and nonprofit partners. Goods included kitchen supplies, home goods, pet supplies, office materials, clothing, toys, toiletries, and more. Partners who set up a Christmas market to provide gifts for their neighbors included New Rising Star, Greater Shiloh, Rebirth, Faith Chapel, Christ Health Center, Urban Hope, and many others!
We had the chance to visit the market at Greater Shiloh and were delighted to see resources used as a tool to share the Good News of Jesus. Visitors of the market were welcomed in by friendly staff and seated to watch a showing of the Gospel story and hear from Dr. Wesley, lead pastor of the church. Guests were then escorted to the shopping area where they could pick gifts from each table that would suit their families’ needs, all while receiving love and hospitality from Greater Shiloh members. This outpouring of generosity and love happened across the city in each of our partner’s locations!
We are overjoyed to see God use simple gifts to bring people to Himself! It is an honor to give generously to church partners that embrace this mission and truly make an impact in their communities.