FHL Week is about a week of faith-based outreaches in the Indianapolis area. But that doesn’t stop volunteers from outside Indianapolis from coming to help and being blessed by God for so doing.
This past week a group of young volunteers from Evangelical Community Church in Bloomington , IN came in their van with their youth pastor, Rob Girvin to help out with the FHL Warehouse stocking shelves, lifting refrigeration units and doing general clean up both inside and out. Before coming down to Indianapolis, the group stopped by the home of a local disabled woman who works from home and blessed her with some groceries that the children had donated.
Listen as Merlin talks with this youth group about how volunteering with FHL to help others has blessed them
Merlin spoke with one of the winners of the FHL $50 Challenge at the 25th Street Baptist Church on 525 W. 25th. during FHL Week 2016: a group of clients from a soup kitchen.
The 25th Street Food Ministry serves a group of very appreciative clients with a community soup kitchen (what is called a “reverse soup kitchen”) and they in turn wanted to give back to the volunteers who serve them. So they put together a meal prepared by a working chef who volunteered his time.
Listen as Merlin interviews the clients of a very special soup kitchen in Indianapolis, 46208
The residents of Hope Indianapolis at Hawthorne Place Apartments got together and decided to make a change for their community and address the food insecurity some were experiencing. As a result, Hope Indianapolis Food Pantry opened for the apartment residents during FHL Week 2016 providing hope to those who are in need. Hawthorne Place had been operating a food pantry for some time with Faith, Hope and Love as a sponsor.
Merlin spoke with some of the potential clients and the women running this new food pantry about what they think this food pantry will mean for their community.
It was an exciting step forward for this community as its members worked together to make it happen and FHL was there to support them. Merlin also spoke with a volunteer from the original Hawthorne Place food pantry to get her perspective on the changes they have experienced.
FHL Week 2016 will include helping a local day care in upgrading its surroundings and creating a vegetable garden in the backyard. This 24-hr daycare is a ministry of a couple who have a heart for the children of Central Indiana. The daycare is located in a neighborhood that is high on the list of socially deteriorating areas in Indianapolis.
Thrivent Financial Associates is really getting into the spirit of FHL Week 2016 and is reaching out to support the Indianapolis community with volunteers, seed money and an advertising plan for an outreach.
If you are a business (or organization) in the Indianapolis area, won’t you consider joining Thrivent Financial and create your own outreach? All it takes is:
Do you already have an active food pantry in 46208?
To celebrate the 12th Annual FHL Week, Faith Hope and Love Community is giving away $50 each to 5 food pantries in the 46208 zip code area and the surrounding neighborhoods as seed money to improve their pantry site, serve the clients better, food drive, etc. you name it! Only 5 will be selected based on the creativeness of the project. Simple fill out the Project Proposal Form. It’s designed to help you to think creatively and specifically about what kind of outreach you will start with $50 of seed money.
Each participant will fill out a form to provide detailed information on your creative pantry project.
The deadline to submit the completed form is July 18th
MLK Community Center (care of FHL Community) 40 W. 40th St. Indianapolis, IN., 46208
The key to this fun-filled project is collaboration, partnership and engagement of the community. Please call Merlin at 317-572-5793 for any questions or for any assistance in putting your project together.
KNA/BTNA ( communities midtown surrounding area ) meeting on conceptualizing different projects for Faith Hope and Love Week. It’s coming together! Merlin shared his project to teach simple evangelism and then outreach! Different positions were explored for each person to create on their team. We had community leaders, police officers, a librarian, a Red Cross representative, and pastors representing churches. FHL believes every Christian needs to learn how to bring others to Christ. Merlin will be assisting with this group to help them press into God’s Kingdom to advance in this area.
God is putting teams together in different ways to reach out to neighborhood associations, government, churches and businesses.
Contact FHL if you or a church group wants to plan a project for FHL Week 2016