HARRISBURG (BRN) – Thanks to a Hunger Fund Grant from the Baptist Resource Network (BRN), East Shore Baptist Church of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was blessed with the opportunity to feed and nourish the homeless in Harrisburg. The church specifically helped those living in a so-called “Tent City,” which is located in a wooded area along the city’s northern boundary.  The stories of what drives a person to homelessness are long and varied, as is the need for the people there to receive compassion from others and hear about the power of salvation through Jesus.

East Shore’s JOY Club (seniors) spent time packing boxes with food, Scripture, and essentials for those who are homeless in the Harrisburg area.

The church’s JOY Club (seniors) filled the boxes with both food items and essentials for living in the woods with such items as portable propane cannisters, batteries, wipes, etc. Finally, each box contained a Bible and pamphlets on the Plan of Salvation.

After the boxes were assembled, other members of the church distributed the boxes and prayed with each recipient.  As the Holy Spirit led, deeper spiritual discussions occurred and, in at least one instance, a full Gospel-presentation was shared with a homeless person. 

Members of East Shore Baptist Church distributed the food boxes to homeless individuals and also prayed with the recipients.

A note to our fellow sister-churches in Pennsylvania/South Jersey:  These Hunger Fund grants are available for your church and can usually cover the costs of all the items given away. Your church just needs to organize the items and be the hands and feet of Jesus to distribute them.  Of course, ultimately, the goal of this ministry is to also share about Jesus with a hurting world.

Learn more about how your church and community can benefit from a BRN Hunger Fund Grant by contacting our Help Desk at helpdesk@brnunited.org!