Eight people from a Rock Church small group for married couples demonstrated their thankfulness this Thanksgiving Day by personally cooking and distributing meals to neighborhoods in San Diego, El Cajon and Ocean Beach.
Inspired by the McCowans, their small group made it their project this year to impact the communities near them in a similar way.Were happy that others have taken it upon themselves to touch peoples lives, said Michael. We hope that more people will see the value of giving from their own table. It makes the giving personal.
We hope that more people will see the value of giving from their own table. It makes the giving personal.-- Michael McCowanIts great serving God, said group member Doug Nelson, Its a great way to spend Thanksgiving Day not thinking about us.
Doug distributed meals with his wife, Dyan, and their small-group host, Marilyn Mike. The three went to neighborhoods in Ocean Beach, including Robb Field and the OB pier, meeting many homeless many of them teenagers whom they invited to church.
I told them, We would love to have you (at the Rock), said Dyan.
Marilyn added that many recipients she spoke to were grateful for having someone come to them where they were.
Some liked that they didnt have to go anywhere, said Marilyn. They liked that we were amongst them. One said to me, This is what heaven will be like.
Greg and Lisa Schumsky took their teenage children to El Cajon, where they drove around until they found people who needed a meal. There was a young man named Larry, who said he had been kicked out of his home for drug use; a man named Earl; a recently hospitalized man named Alex; and a threatening-looking man named Tim who turned out to be one of the nicest they met. The nameless faces became humanized as the family learned their stories.
We saw this one man who appeared threatening and we werent going to stop. Our kids said we really cant judge him, so we turned around, said Greg. The kids loved it.
It was so sweet just talking to them, said Lisa, adding that the time and expense involved made them realize they could possibly give meals more often.
It was a really neat experience. It really wouldnt take any effort to do that once a month.
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