MICHIGAN--A returning missionary recently described the struggle of readjusting to a society where everything is 'about me.' But on Sunday morning, February 10, when 218 people gathered at the Berrien Springs Village Church, it was not "about me."
Volunteers packed 3,500 bags destined for the Miami Correctional Facility in Indiana full of treats and Bible lessons for inmates who feel very little love from the outside world. Many children, parents, and grandparents from Village and other area churches and schools joined young and old volunteers from around the community. Village Church Adventurer Club replaced their regular meeting with "Christmas Behind Bars" to support this important effort. The group averaged a bag every 1.54 seconds.
"Christmas Behind Bars" started over 20 years ago in a classroom at a local church. It has grown every year and is now reaching yearly over 50,000 prisoners across the country. Care Packages to each prisoner include Bibles, devotional books, hygiene items and miscellaneous snack items. These Care Packages are a blessing to those behind bars, letting them know that they are not forgotten, God loves them and there is hope in Him.
Joe Reeves, associate pastor, Village Church