If you walked into the gym at the Brentview Baptist Church during its Mustard Seed Sandwich event recently – you would have felt the energy in the room. Dozens of volunteers, from young children to seniors, were making lunches for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
This is the third year in a row the congregation has made over one-thousand bagged lunches for us. We are so grateful to Brentview Baptist Church for its ongoing support.
Daniel Sawyer, the church’s Grade Five and Six Coordinator, organized the event. “This project is really about loving God and having the Church flex its muscles and give to those who need it most,” says Sawyer.
Every day staff at The Mustard Seed’s shelter offers each guest a bagged lunch. Volunteers and donors, like those from Brentview Baptist Church, make it possible to serve men and women nutritious meals.
However, the bagged lunches also help nourish the soul. For instance, each bag from the Brentview Baptist Church volunteers is decorated with everything from unicorn stickers and colourful rainbows to handwritten messages that read; “have a super day”, “love, love, love” and “you are beautiful”.
Sawyer says he has seen the impact these messages have on men and women in need. “One gentleman picked up a bag on which a child had written ‘you are loved’ and he stopped dead in his tracks. That moment is exactly what loving your neighbour is.”
“We are really trying to build a bag of hope,” says Sawyer and that is exactly what they have done.
Thank you to all our donors and volunteers for growing hope.