10. “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (NIV)
New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene and Project Manna
For the last nearly 19 years New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene has served our community with food, clothes, furniture and a host of other needed resources, to be a blessing to our community. Our goal is to be the hands, arms and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t have a fancy church building with new carpet, stained glass windows or nice chairs to sit in, or a freshly paved parking lot; no we put our money into the people we serve. I have never shared like this before, because the acts of service that we do are not done to be a show or even to build our church and bring in the money. The fact is the outreach of our church costs much more every month than our church takes in the offering plate. We receive no Government support, federal, state or local; or even United Way. We supplement the cost of doing what we do by having income generators such as our Mash Unit store on Cottonwood Lane.
Our people are volunteers who get up at 3:30 AM on a Saturday morning to come and serve; money is not the motive, because they don’t get paid to do Project Manna; including the drivers, those who work so hard all week to bring in the food, nor does this pastor; we do it because this is what we truly believe Jesus would be doing; along with our outreach center down town, our community teen center or distributing food all over the state to other churches to enable them to serve their communities. We do what we do to be a blessing.