How Christ is Bringing Renewal This Easter — Through You!
Easter Sunday is like no other day on the calendar. This year, especially so.
A year ago, many were reeling from the impact of COVID-19. Buildings were shuttered, schools were closed, loved ones were separated by distance, masks and sickness.
And now, with over a year of the pandemic under our belts, many of us are still separated — from friends and family, and seemingly from certainty and hope.
But because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can never be separated from the real hope and joy of everlasting life in our risen Savior!
This is the best opportunity we have all year to tell our hurting neighbors about the resurrection of Christ and the hope we have in Him as believers — the hope that triumphs over shame, hardship and death, granting new life and new beginnings to those who need it most.
It’s true that most of our homeless neighbors have an obvious physical need. They’re hungry, so they need food. They’re homeless, so they need safe shelter.
But it’s also true that if genuine renewal is to take place, these precious souls need to look beyond their physical needs to the source of their brokenness. Whether it’s addiction, domestic violence, or personal loss, the solution is always the same: surrendering to Christ and letting Him transform their lives.
In addition to sharing the message of Christ’s sacrifice for us, we demonstrate his love by providing a meal — hoping to not only fill empty stomachs, but touch hearts yearning for restoration and renewal.
Thank you for helping reach hungry hearts with the message of hope this Easter — one precious life at a time.
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.