The people of 12 Stone Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia, north of Atlanta, responded in miraculous ways to Pastor Kevin Myers’ holiday challenge to express their faith through generosity, with the miracle of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 as their model.
As a result of an offering totaling more than a half million dollars, 12Stone® Church–named America’s fastest growing church by Outreach magazine this fall (and our home church)–will feed 5,500 unemployed families this Christmas season. With donations from HoneyBaked® Ham Corporation, Kroger, Signature Foods and the Gwinnett Braves the total value of goods and services will top $1 million.
Each family will receive a Honey Baked Ham or Turkey, a week’s worth of groceries and a voucher for four tickets to a Gwinnett Braves home game in the 2011 season. 2500 of the family packages will be distributed to anyone who is unemployed and lives in the greater Gwinnett area on December at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, home of the Gwinnett Braves.
“You can’t look at the news without being moved by the stories of families who have been impacted due to the economy,” Myers said. “This is one way we can make a significant contribution in our community.”
In addition to the December 18 distribution, 3,000 Christmas packages will be given to the unemployed families attending 12Stone Church, friends and neighbors of the congregation, and families referred to 12Stone by local charities and food cooperatives.