A Meal And A Prayer
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WATER VALLEY – For months children at First Christian Church have been learning to have a servant’s heart with the new ministry. A Meal and a Prayer launched unexpectedly when Deniece Fowler was watching a group of kids in a young adult Bible study from the church. During an outing to the park, they decided to check on a shut-in who lived nearby.
“You would have thought we had packed up and brought her a million dollars, it touched my heart to see the joy that it brought her,” Fowler explained.
She shared the experience with her pastor, Brandon Winters.
“I said what a blessing, I think I am going to keep that up. And it grew from that, it turned my Wednesday night Bible class into a service ministry,” Fowler explained.
The ministry grew as youth from the church and the community ranging from age four up to third graders looked forward to each week as they delivered food, sang a few songs and had prayer. They started visiting a few people from their church who couldn’t get out and expanded to see others in the community.
“Right now they are serving 15 or 16 people, but they were up to 24 at one time,” Fowler added.
She has watched transformation in the kids, their prayers have grown and they take charge of the ministry.
“My kids are praying for them by name, they are aware of their needs. It is the hugest blessing I have ever been a part of. To see how it touches people’s lives and to see these children grow. They are eager to do it,” Fowler added.
The ministry has also expanded to include chalk art. Before the group heads back to the church each week, they stop and share the love of Christ by writing inspiring messages on sidewalks across town.
“Watching them grow to have a heart for Jesus and a heart to serve is a blessing,” Fowler added.