Yes, this year will be different for sure, however COVID-19 won’t slow us down nor distract us from providing an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with all of the fixin’s to those in need. We are patterning our strategy from Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We are limited in how many we can feed here on campus (our Jerusalem) due to the Ventura County gathering restrictions currently in place. So instead of focusing solely on who can come to the Mission to receive a hot grab-and-go Thanksgiving Dinner, we are also going to be going to take Thanksgiving dinners to those in need outside the Mission. We are partnering with the One Stop program to take dinners to homeless communities all around Ventura County (our Judea). This will allow us to take meals to those who, regardless of COVID-19, do not ordinarily come to the Mission.
We will also be partnering with several local churches (our Samaria) who have people in their congregations who do not have the means to provide their own Thanksgiving dinner. This will be a beautiful opportunity for the Mission to meet another real need within our own community.
As we move beyond the walls of the Mission and provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need, it is our prayer that we are able to impact more lives than we have been able to in years past with the love, hope, and peace only found in Jesus Christ. COVID-19 has caused us to think differently, yet we are just as determined as ever to provide refuge, recovery, and restoration to individuals in Ventura County.
Clayton Coates, Director