As part of our efforts to build bridges of peace with our Muslim neighbors, an FCC Wholeness Grant was given to help provide a sheep for a local Volunteers of America Center meal program.
Our grant, along with a gift given by the Turkish Muslim Community, allowed us to serve a meal to the center’s residents and clients who are part of their Family Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program. You can find out more about the Volunteers of America at their web-site. The timing of this ministry outreach was tied to a Holy Celebration call Eid. Eid is a major Muslim holiday at the end of the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. It also commemorates the story of Abraham nearly killing his own son but God supplying a lamb to die instead of the son. (Muslims teach the son was Ishmael. Christians and Jews believe it was Isaac.) During the Eid celebrations, Muslims sacrifice cows or sheep or goats and share the meat with the poor. This gift of meat is part of that celebration.
The wholeness grant used to fund this ministry was made possible through your faithful financial support of our church and its ministries and help fund a variety of efforts to make our world a better place. You can find more examples of those efforts or apply for a grant to make the world a better place by clicking here.