The Garcias had been facing very difficult times. Manny and Lita live in Los Angeles with
their two children, and have struggled for a number of years to make ends meet. Given
the continued troubles of the economy, it had become a challenge for them even to put
food on the table each week. As is often the case, the financial struggles bred anxiety,
short tempers, and relational strain—especially between Manny and Lita.
One day, a small-group Bible study from a nearby local church came to visit the Garcias’
neighbors. Armed with open Bibles and the gospel message, the group was also
delivering a Food Pak from Children’s Hunger Fund. During that visit, the Lord arranged
for the group to meet Lita and become aware of her needs. They were able to share the
gospel with her, as well as ask if her family would benefit from a Food Pak as well. Lita
jumped at the chance!
A few days later the group returned to the Garcias’ home, again with the gospel on their
lips and Food Paks in their hands. During that and subsequent visits Lita shared about
the difficulties her family had been facing. With a patient ear and a passion to meet
physical as well as spiritual needs, the group continued to exalt Christ and the work He
accomplished to save sinners. Not long after, Lita professed to trust Christ as her Lord
and Savior, and invited the group to hold a Bible study in her home. It quickly grew into
a group of a dozen neighbors who gathered regularly to hear the gospel proclaimed.
Today, Lita is a faithful member of that local church, and while they haven’t professed
faith yet, the rest of her family has witnessed, up close and personal, a wonderful
practical demonstration of the compassion of Jesus Christ.
Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) is a Christian organization that works to feed hungry children in
impoverished regions across America and around the world. For more than twenty years, the Lord has uniquely used CHF to train local
churches how to best develop compassion ministries. What sets CHF
apart from other relief organizations is their steadfast commitment
to the local church. Rather than simply sending food to various
areas indiscriminately, CHF understands that the Bible teaches that
the church is to be at the forefront of compassion work around the
world. Because of this, they work exclusively with local evangelical
churches, supplying them with food to take to their communities as
a platform from which to proclaim the gospel.
As churches identify needy families in their communities, members of
the church visit those families with Food Paks filled with a variety of
nutritious, non-perishable food items. On subsequent visits, church
members continue to provide food, along with counseling and
a biblical perspective on the issues of life. In the context of these
relationships, believers are able to share the gospel, invite these
families to church, and demonstrate the love of Christ. By equipping
local churches that are committed to preaching the gospel and loving
their neighbors, CHF has established a network of more than sixty
churches in Southern California that feed more than 30,000 people
each month. Every year, we hear testimonies of numerous people
whom God graciously saves and who now worship Christ in these
By working with churches who are actively evangelizing the poor,
Grace Church has an opportunity to spread the message of how
Christ redeems sinners from the spiritual poverty that underlies all
the issues that give rise to physical poverty. Over the next few weeks,
our church family can partner with Children’s Hunger Fund and other
churches throughout Los Angeles to demonstrate the love of Christ
to those in need.
This is a very practical and effective way that our entire church family
can partner with other local churches and minister to the physical
and spiritual needs of our city. It’s exciting to think that donating a
few food items can relieve a family’s hunger for a week or so. But it’s
downright amazing to know that, while that food will perish, we can
bring our neighbors the very Bread of Life come down from Heaven,
which gives life to the world and satisfies spiritual hunger forever!