CHURCH OF THE WEEK
Riverside Tabernacle Helps the City of Flint
By Dan Reany and Zsa Zsa Palagyi
The 700 Club
Steve Krefeld says, "The newspapers here about a month ago said that Flint was the No.1 city as far as unemployment."
Pastor Tom Mattiuzzo concurs, "The city is out of resources. The government is out of resources."
That’s why Riverside Tabernacle stepped in to help. This relatively small downtown church started a mobile food pantry in 1997. They fed the poor several times a year. This exploded into storehouse ministry. Now, committed volunteers hand out close to 600 bags or boxes of food a week.
A retired IBM manager spearheads the storehouse.
"I didn’t realize that I was going to be working this hard as a retiree at 70, but I’m loving every minute of it and it’s keeping me going," Steve says of the ministry. "But the scripture that dwells inside of me is the Living Bible Proverbs 22:9, and it says, 'Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.'”
Every Tuesday, Riverside Tabernacle feeds the poor with quality breads, staples and meats from the storehouse. They also feed the poor in a spiritual sense/way – with their tuesday morning service.
" I come here to sustain my body, of course for two or three days," Sally says, "but it’s really the services. That is what this is all about."
"I feel like we would be cheating them if all we did was feed them," Pastor Tom says. "If all we did was provide groceries, we’re not doing enough, and we’re just imperfect people trying to do something extraordinary week after week. We want to help these folks in every way that we can with their walk with the Lord."
Yvvone says, "That man and his ministry has changed my life for the better. I got baptized here. I’m doing the book studies here."
Riverside Tabernacle is sacrificially serving the poor in Flint, Michigan. Congratulations for being America’s Church of the Week!
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