We pray and sing before sharing a light breakfast and distributing the food
Nelly Martinez gives victor a bag of staple foods to help him through the week
Preparing Christmas baskets in the parish hall
Distributing Christmas baskets in the garden |
Lazarus´s Basket and Christmas Food Baskets
Every week Lazarus’s Basket gives out bags of staple foods—beans, rice, pasta, oil and sugar, etc.—to over thirty persons in need. This ministry is financially supported by the church as a whole and by additional contributions of food and money from individual members. The English congregation of International Baptist Church also makes a monthly donation. Volunteers help to prepare and give out the bags.
Those who receive this food come early on Tuesday mornings for a brief service consisting of a scripture reading, prayers and a song. Afterwards we have breakfast together and distribute the food.
From time to time those who participate in the Lazarus´s Basket program are also invited to lunch in the parish hall. Volunteers prepare food and serve it to them, and entertain them while they eat.
It is also a long-standing tradition that we give out special baskets of food at Christmas time. These are similar to the bags given out weekly, with the addition of holiday treats like fruit, candy and coffee. Last year (Christmas, 2008) we prepared and distributed over 130 baskets.
For more information contact Father Michael at 809-689-2070, 809-682-0676, or firstname.lastname@example.org