In Boones Mill, more than 600 families are thankful that local churches are working together to help meet the needs of their community. Last summer, His Cupboard was launched out of the vision of nearby SBC of Virginia church, Boones Mill Baptist Church, and has helped hundreds of families in the Franklin County and Roanoke areas. It is estimated that they have reached 1,800 people, handed out more than 400 bibles, prayed with dozens, and had the opportunity to share the Gospel with several people.
His Cupboard Director Denise Stott told a local TV station, “We turn no one away.” She and her husband, Will, who moved to the small town last year, helped organize the clothing and food pantry with the help of Fairmont Baptist Church (also SBCV), community donations, and a partnership with Feeding America of Southwest Virginia. The ministry is located in a building provided by the town rent-free, but His Cupboard must pay utilities.
Those in need, only have to ask. “His Cupboard is standing in the gap with food, clothing, and the Word of God. We are helping families that are falling in between the cracks,” Denise Stott said. Powerful testimonies are evidence of the differences being made:
▶ “I can’t say enough good things about this ministry. The Lord knew where help was needed. We are blessed to have this in our community. I am truly grateful because they have helped my family more than once.”
▶ A volunteer in the ministry shared… “A young mother came looking for a coat for her child. We let people know of the need and someone not only donated a new coat but several Christmas gifts for the family. In tears, she told us that this day was certainly God’s work because she was so blessed — she went on a job interview and got hired this morning. Now, she feels blessed again to see the love and care from total strangers.”
▶ Another member of the community said, “I don’t know if I could make it without them being there. It’s really hard sometimes.” Most can relate to her plight. Although she’s retired, she is now responsible for raising her five grandchildren. On a fixed income, it’s a tight stretch. She said she doesn’t qualify for financial assistance. She comes to His Cupboard for help with groceries, snacks, and clothing for her younger grandchildren.
More and more families are coming here for help which has surprised Pastor Bob Greene of Boones Mill… “We opened mid-August, and we are just growing and growing. It just shows you how great the need is,” Stott said. “It is exciting, but it is a double-edged sword. I am excited to see people come and take advantage, but I’m sad they have to.”
His Cupboard relies on donations and its partnership with Feeding America of Southwest Virginia. The partnership allows them to purchase 100 pounds of food for $19.
It’s amazing what God does when churches cooperate to make a Gospel difference in their community. ■