Volunteers and donations sought to help pack food for Victory 4 - KOAM TV 7

Volunteers and donations sought to help pack food for Victory 4 Haiti

On Saturday, April 26th, 1,600 volunteers will come together to package 280,000 nutritious meals that will provide approximately 2,500 students in Fonds Parisien, Haiti a meal for nearly 90 days.

For this project, Victory Ministry is pleased to partner with the Haitian Christian Mission, a ministry founded in 1974 by Ozark Christian College graduate Etienne Prophete and his wife Betty.  HCM ministers to Haitians in the name of Christ through education, medical care, food, employment, and child sponsorship.  They currently have fifty-three schools, serving approximately 10,250 total students.

To create the meals, Victory Ministry is working with Lifeline Christian Mission of Westerville, OH, a 30+ year old ministry.  One of the many service projects of Lifeline is the ABC (All Because of Christ) food-packaging event model that Victory Ministry will be using.  For only 20 cents per meal, Lifeline will provide all ingredients necessary to create the meals, as well as handle all logistics to transport the meals via shipping crate from Joplin to Fonds Parisien, Haiti, including all necessary customs processing.

As of of April 15th, there are 1,185 individuals registered to participate in the event.  Each volunteer will work a 2-hour shift.  The shifts, and number of volunteers already registered for each, are as follows:

8:00 am - 10:00 am - 220 people registered
10:00 am - Noon - 401 people registered (this time slod is full)
Noon - 2:00 pm - 332 people registered
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - 232 people registered

Currently volunteers are signed up from 35 different churches, 13 identified businesses, and four schools - the Joplin High School Link Crew, and students from MSSU, Ozark Christian College and Thomas Jefferson School.  There are also volunteers coming from more than 25 different communities outside Joplin, including Bluejacket, Jay and Miami, OK, Parsons, KS, Siloam Springs, AR, and Springfield, MO.

Volunteers can register at www.victoryjoplin.com.  You can register as an individual or group - but service opportunities are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register now!

It does take financial resources to make this project happen. The financial goal of $60,000 will provide the total cost of 280,000+ meals at 20 cents per meal plus necessary overhead expense to market the event and make it a success.  To date, nearly $40,000 has been raised by fifty different contributors.  Sponsorship opportunities can be found at the Victory Ministry web site, www.victoryjoplin.com or by emailing clifford@victoryjoplin.com.

Victory Ministry will provide each volunteer with a plastic baggie similar to those that will be filled with the meal ingredients.  They are asking volunteers to fill the baggie with loose change and dollar bills recognizing that every 20 cents equals the cost for one meal.  Those donations would then be brought to the packaging event on the 26th.

For more information contact: Clifford Wert, 417.439.0385
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