Missionaries from across the 2nd Episcopal District came together on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore to prepare 30,000 Latin rice meals to be delivered by those affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and North Carolina.
The seemingly endless number of missionaries, in collaboration with Food Aid, worked harmoniously to measure the ingredients, package and seal the bags, pack the boxes, and load the trucks. There was a sense of purpose in the atmosphere and an aura of love throughout the church. The women and men laughed and bantered one with the other. They praised God for the opportunity to be of service to those in need. They thanked God for how blessed they are and vowed never to take that blessing for granted.
Four missionaries and one associate from Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church in Annapolis joined the other missionaries and associates in an awesome display of what it means to be a missionary. As we entered the church, we were greeted by Empowerment Temple’s wonderful Hospitality Ministry. They were welcoming and addressed our every need, from providing hair nets and gloves, to walking us to the sanctuary where we were greeted by Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant who thanked us for coming and provided valuable facts on devastating effects, not only of the hurricanes, but of poverty in general. We were told, for in
stance, that 1 in 5 children in this country go to bed hungry. Our hearts were touched and we were further inspired to do what we can to make a difference. We were then shown a video by a representative from Food Aid that provided training on how to properly prepare the meals. Once trained, we worked in shifts to fill the 30,000 bags. The assembly line of smiling faces and togetherness was a site to behold. We were blessed by a special welcome from Episcopal Supervisor Mother Arelis Beevers Davis as she walked up and down the assembly lines with hands in the posture of prayer as she personally thanked us for our service. It truly was a blessing to see her there as a sign of solidarity.
Some of the thoughts expressed on the way home from the Mt. Moriah attendees, which included Sheila Hunt, Larry Beavers, Karen Beavers, Terry Morgan-Dears, and Faye Gaskin, were —enlightening, lovely experience to bond, one accord, fun, togetherness, blessed, good to help others in need, and calmness.
We are truly blessed and we know that God blesses us to be a blessing to others - whenever, wherever, however!