What a different year this has been for so many due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you, your family, and your workplace have been safe through all this. Our prayers at Love & Care have been going up for our community, the Big Country, and our nation since day one of this pandemic. We truly trust God through all of this.
Mission Thanksgiving is held each year to benefit the work of Love & Care. We are a few short months away, and many have been asking if it will happen because of the pandemic. The answer is Yes, but this year will be done in a whole new way. We are preparing as I write this letter to go from a one-day event to a full week. We believe if we stretch it out over multiple days, it will allow us to have a socially distanced and safe Mission Thanksgiving. So, beginning Monday, November 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., we will start collecting items at Love & Care Ministries, 233 Fannin Street. That will continue through Thursday, November 19. Then on Friday, November 20, our normal scheduling at Arrow Ford, 4001 South 1st Street, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This year our needs have changed a little. Due to the last 7 months, these items are very important to us as we move into next year. Non-perishable food (residential & commercial), soft drinks & bottled water, frozen meat (deer or cow), sleeping bags & blankets, new underwear & socks (all sizes for men, women and children), coats (all sizes for men, women and children), travel size personal hygiene items and monetary donations.
Over the past 21 years of Mission Thanksgiving, the donors of Abilene and the Big Country have been amazing. Please consider once again helping us reach the homeless and the poor as a Wall of Love Sponsor by giving $500 or more, but always remember, any donation big or small become a great blessing to those we serve. If you have any question, please feel free to call us at Love & Care, 325-670-0246.
Pastor Mark Hewitt & Associate Director Zack Hewitt
"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." (Proverbs 14:31)
Love & Care Ministries began as a vision that God placed in the hearts of two men who were called to minister to the homeless in their community Abilene, Texas. God led these men to the streets, under bridges, down allies, and in abandon buildings where they found people in desperate need. With the mighty armor of prayer and twenty large cups of hot soup, they hit the streets that first Sunday in January 1995 serving five meals from the back of a pickup truck.
As these men pressed forward in the vision God showed them that ministering to the homeless was only a small part of what they were suppose to do. He showed them that they were too minister to the poor across the community as well. Each Sunday they would go feed, love, and share the name of Jesus with all those in need that they could find. After about 2 years of serving a few changes began to take place. The Holy Spirit began to show more of the vision to Mark and how he was to leave his regular job and serve at Love & Care full time and also start a homeless church.
The ministry continued to grow and serving on the street is a major role but so much more has been added. Realizing many didn’t have the financial resources to make each day the first food pantry opened in September of 1997 in a small closet feeding a few families each week.
"Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action."
1 John 3:18