Arcadia, Fla., Church adopted and orchestrated a Community Basket Outreach Ministry. Members plan to hold this event every November, as the Lord leads. The goal is to connect with Arcadia and DeSoto County community leaders and organizations by presenting them with a gift basket and a note that expresses the church’s appreciation for their dedication to the community.
The church got together on a Saturday evening to assemble and decorate the crates. Each one was packed with a variety of plant-based items which included three pounds of pears, three pounds of apples, 10 little bears full of local raw honey, crackers, breadsticks with olives, healthy granola bars, breakfast cookies, and an assortment of nuts. The majority of these items were donated or purchased with funds given by church attenders.
Each crate included a personalized card from the church telling each organization how much they are appreciated, and informing them that all members of their organization, and their families, are being lifted in prayer. Each small group that assembled and decorated a crate also spent time together praying over their crate and the individuals who would be receiving it on November 20.
So far, the response has been very positive. The DeSoto County Fire Department, the Arcadia Police Department, Emergency Room workers at DeSoto Memorial Hospital, and the Arcadia Habitat for Humanity were among the many organizations who were thrilled to receive a gift crate.
Arcadia members encourage others to perform this type of community outreach ministry. It is a creative way to share the love of Jesus and show the community that Seventh-day Adventists care about them and love them, and that they are friendly and approachable.
Florida | February 2024