“Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
As we continue through the bizarre and bewildering events of 2020, I want to take this opportunity to let you know about an exciting new Outreach and Mission endeavor that has started in our area. We have come to appreciate the necessity of Outreach as we have recently expanded the role of Rev. Christian Justice to be our minister of Youth and Outreach. We have also recently witnessed how Chris and Camantha Baker came to profess Christ as Savior and be baptized into our church through a neighborhood outreach we did back in March. God blesses us when we have the courage to get outside of the church walls and carry out the mission of Christ in our community.
Many of you know that our very own Larry Alexander helped to started a non-profit ministry called “Ladles of Love” several years ago. This ministry was founded primarily to work through local churches to deliver weekly hot meals to people who are hungry and homebound. That food delivery ministry is similar to what Meals On Wheels does in our community. In addition, many of you have donated gently used clothes, shoes, blankets, and Bibles to help people who need these items in addition to the hot meal each week. This outreach through Ladles of Love continues to impact lives with the love of Christ.
Yet even from the beginning, Larry envisioned Ladles of Love also having a space where they could serve hot meals to people in need. Instead of a soup-kitchen, God led him to the idea of a pay-what-you-can style eating establishment. Over the past few months, that dream has now become a reality in the Ladles of Love Kitchen located at 301 N. Main St. Lillington, NC 27546. The Kitchen is open M-F 11am-2pm and serves lunch. There is a different menu each day and you can eat in or take out. There is no set price for the food, you simply give a donation. Through the generosity of those who give, there is money to cover the meal for those individuals or families who don’t have the money to pay anything. This style of restaurant helps to remove the stigma of going to a “soup-kitchen” and instead allows hungry people to get food in a clean restaurant with dignity. Already, I can see where this ministry is helping to feed low income families, people in between jobs, families displaced by a house fire, abused women seeking safety, and those recovering from surgery who are temporarily homebound.
If you are able, I hope you will stop by for lunch sometime soon and take a tour of the facility. Our Baptist Men have already had a workday earlier this summer and there are plenty of opportunities for more work to be done. Volunteers are always needed to help run the restaurant and to clean. This is a great opportunity for youth to gain valuable volunteer hours. What better way to magnify Christ in our community than to serve at Ladles of Love Kitchen? Larry is accepting donations of fresh vegetables and dessert items. Ladles of Love Kitchen accepts all forms of payment and they have established a Go-Fund-Me website for charitable, tax exempt, donations. With enough support, they could eventually expand to serving breakfast. For more information or to serve or donate, please contact Larry Alexander at 910-336-8251. www.ladlesofloveharnett.com