Congregation seeks community help
by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Groveâ€”Members and friends of the Sugar Grove Village Bible Church on Saturday, Feb. 20, will pack 50,000 meals to send to victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The meals will be sent to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an organization with ties to Rockford-based Kids Around the World.
Kids Around the World is a Christian-based organization that builds playgrounds for children in places around the world. Dave Mogul, a Village Bible Church member, learned of the group when he traveled to Kurgistan last summer with them to help build a playground.
According to Village Bible Church outreach pastor, the Rev. Scott Capp, with the chaos and destruction in and around Port-au-Prince, many people have been transported to places as far away as the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, located eight hours north of the city.
The meals will be distributed through Kids Around the World, whose members will help pack the meals on Saturday.
â€œWe plan to tackle 50,000 of the 500,000 meals Kids Around the World is striving to send,â€ Capp said.
The Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, in existence for 35 years, feeds approximately 10,000 people a day, Capp said.
The church put the word out of the need for volunteers a couple of weeks ago, and was overwhelmed with great people, Capp said. Although they will not turn anyone away who would like to help on Saturday, they currently have more people than money, he explained.
The food cost is 25 cents per meal, so they will need to come up with $12,500 to cover those expenses.
â€œWe will trust in God to bring the money,â€ he said.
According to the church’s website about the mission to Haiti, one food package contains six servings and costs $1.50. Each package is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes by adding it to boiling water.
The food is a rice and soy mixture fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, six dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavoring. Containing 52 percent protein, the meals are able to reverse the starvation process and its effects.
The church is trying in many different ways to provide practical outreach to the people of Haiti, Capp said.
â€œWe want to show the love of God to these hurting people,â€ he said.
Amy Whipp, a church member who is also a doctor, traveled to Haiti at the beginning of February with a mission group to help out at an orphanage. She will tell her story at the church service on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The Rev. Keith Duff has challenged church members to consider taking in Haitian orphans, once the Haitian governmental restrictions have been lifted. He said the church’s goal is that 20 of their families will consider taking a Haitian child into their homes.
â€œGod has given us so many resources,â€ Capp said.
One box contains
costs $54 and
feeds 216 children
One pallet contains
33 boxes with 1,188 packages,
costs $1,782 and
feeds 7,128 children.
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If you would like to help
Meal-packing will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. at the
Village Bible Church, 847 Route 47 in Sugar Grove.
Please RSVP at www.villagebible.org â€¢ Donations may also be made online