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Springdale Adventist Fellowship Helps Public School

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Springdale, Ark. » About a year ago, Ross Hinshaw, men’s ministries leader for the Springdale Adventist Fellowship Church, invited Jeremy Anderson and his GRACE Tour members to bless us with their spiritual conversion testimonies and ministry. We reached out to our local public schools, inviting any students who were interested. The Archer School, a high school for at-risk youth, responded to the invitation.

Three months later our church received a call from the Archer School, sharing how much they appreciated what the GRACE Tour communicated to their students, and asking if our church would be willing to continue helping serve the community and their students. They shared with us that most of their students didn’t have sufficient food for their daily needs, and asked if we were interested in helping supply their students with fresh fruit each week. Our church board agreed that this was an opportunity to help meet the needs of our community, and our pastor confirmed that we would commit to bring fresh fruit each Monday.

Both teachers and students were overjoyed as, week after week, fresh fruit was delivered by our pastor. Several weeks later, the school mentioned that if we wished to do more, it would be a blessing if we could supply a healthy snack bag for each student to take home on Fridays for the weekend. Our youth department got involved and they began bagging 150 snack bags per week, adding a spiritual message card that was delivered each Friday. It has been a blessing for both the many church members involved and the students receiving the nourishing food! We plan to continue this community project when school reopens again in the fall.

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