Worldwide, billions of people cannot cherish the innate warmth of home. “The homeless” are people who experience grueling hardship, inducing homelessness. Definitively, homelessness means having no home or permanent place of residence. To help their community tackle this apparent impasse, Oakwood University Church’s Christian Crusaders Pathfinder Club in Huntsville, Ala., partnered with the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (NACH) on March 12, 2023, to complete “Operation Feed the Homeless” for Global Youth Day. Assuredly, the Christian Crusaders responded to God’s Great Commission, which calls Christians to “go and make disciples of all nations,” enthusiastically saying, “I will go.”
The Pathfinders aimed to collect $4,000 in bulk food supplies and assemble 1,000 individual food packages for distribution to the homeless community of north Alabama. Their companionable actions and hefty undertaking display how they shouldered a problem in their community.
NACH required more space and personnel to complete this task, so the Pathfinder leaders and NACH directors decided to utilize OUC’s Family Life Center and its 65 Christian Crusaders, gifting the club a third opportunity to serve the coalition. The club’s recurrent willingness to engage exemplifies its love for its community. In summary, the Crusaders’ companionable actions, hefty undertaking, and readiness to engage permitted them to address a need in their region.
Engaging in “Operation Feed the Homeless” for Global Youth Day, and personifying theme “I Will Go” allowed the Pathfinders to contribute to proclaiming the Gospel, finishing its work, and ushering in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Even after packaging $4,000 in bulk food supplies, the Crusaders had still not assembled 1,000 food supply bags. To remedy this, they selflessly donated their refreshments, allowing them to surpass that goal and assemble 1,030 bags.
The Crusaders’ eager invitation to other church and family members to participate and their celebratory spirit exemplified the operation’s inclusivity, while their selfless choice to donate their refreshments for other peoples’ benefit blessed them with the chance to share the love that Jesus had when He gave His life for humanity’s benefit.
South Central | November 2023