Pathfinder Club Food Drive Reaches the Community

October 20, 2022

ODESSA, TEX. – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV). 

Meeting needs, improving morale and making the love of God known in our community was the goal behind a food drive that was hosted by the Odessa Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinder club early this year. The Light Bearers Pathfinders, led by Almyra and Andrew Padin, started the food drive initiative and joined efforts with church members through their donations. On Feb. 4, a vast amount of food and non-edible essentials were successfully handed out to the community by the club members.

The activity was meant to train the youth for survivability during dire times and served as a great opportunity for them to see that they could be a blessing to individuals, families and communities in need. The Light Bearers learned that during His earthly ministry, Christ accomplished more by helping and healing than by preaching. He first addressed the immediate, physical needs of humanity to provide a groundbreaking foundation for the good news of the gospel to grow and flourish in people’s lives. Ellen G. White encourages us by saying, “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’”

This approach to outreach is what the Odessa Light Bearers Pathfinder club is emulating and pursuing so that the great Gospel commission in Matthew 28 is accomplished in this crucial time and the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be hastened. Maranatha!

By Dodie Pelopero