This past Tuesday, OIM held a BBQ take-away meal at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, free to those who wanted a meal. Each meal consisted of a hotdog, hamburger, potato salad, bag of chips, a few candy treats, a cupcake, bottle of water, and a can of pop. In the line-up for the BBQ some OIM staff and volunteers were able to hand out freezies and interact with those who were waiting for their meal.
Many of those who came and enjoyed the BBQ had not been to a BBQ in such a long time and they were extremely thankful that they were provided with this special meal. Many also received special handmade cards that were created by people at Redeemer Christian Church with the message of Jesus’ love for them. Also very exciting was the fact that 25 Bibles were also handed out during the BBQ!!
Here are a few stories that were heard during the BBQ:
- One lady shared how their family just buried her mother-in-law five days earlier and how her husband is battling advanced liver cancer. Almost in tears she said how much this meal meant to them.
- A gentleman shared that he had just been kicked out of his apartment in Gatineau and is temporarily couch-hopping. He was so pleased to be able to participate in the BBQ as he didn't have a place of his own to prepare food.
- A lady enthusiastically thanked us for holding the BBQ, stating that she hadn't had a BBQ hamburger or hotdog in over 3 years.
People contributed in many different ways with their time, food, money and/or being a prayer warrior for this event. God worked through each one of them to bring His love to those that were served.
Matt 25: 35,37,40 35“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...40The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!! Hearing how much this meal blessed those who needed it was truly a blessing!
~Gwynneth, Operations Support