Salem United Methodist Church Conway spent Sunday, April 3 being the hands and feet of Christ through “Be the Church Sunday.”
The idea for this day began in Advent, when the church was challenged to raise funds to feed their hungry neighbors in Conway. Congregants donated money during the Advent, Christmas and Lenten seasons, and partnered with The Pack Shack to host a “Feed the Funnel” party on Be the Church Sunday. As members of all ages came together to combine our efforts for the 200,000 Reasons hunger initiative and combat hunger on a local level, the smiles and enthusiasm were contagious. With hair nets, beard nets, gloves and “Be the Church” t-shirts, young and old hands turned to doing God’s work in the middle of a high-energy party.
Food insecurity affects 200,000 Arkansans under age 18, and one in three senior citizens. Those numbers are appalling, but hunger is a reality, and we must work to change those numbers.
Filling someone’s empty stomach can help heal a broken spirit, then lead them to the path we all need to follow. In a few short hours, for 25 cents per meal, Salem UMC filled, sealed and boxed 23,632 meals to feed the hungry in Conway.
—submitted by Kim Bulice