Feed My Starving Children | February 28–March 4
With the help of 2,000 volunteers from Journey and the community, we shipped 520,000 meals to children starving in Cambodia and the Philippines! Feed My Starving Children partners with Reach Now International to ensure that the meals—along with the gospel and practical help—reach orphans, refugees, and those affected by war, poverty, persecution and natural disasters. To find out more about FMSC, click here.
A big thank you to our amazing volunteers, including the Volunteer Director who executed this year’s event, Alicia Allen. Her passion to give back and willingness to use her talents served as huge blessings to the Local Outreach team. She shared, “I am still in awe of how amazing the event was! All those people coming together to keep 1,400 kids alive for a year. What an awesome God we serve. I originally thought this was all about feeding children in the name of Jesus, little did I know I would be the one being fed.” Thank you, Journey, for coming together with your families, small groups, coworkers, and friends to devote time and energy to give back.
Sharefest | May 6
Every year, Journey of Faith partners with Sharefest to build up the South Bay community. This year, Journey took on a huge project Wilson Park in Torrance. The beloved 52-acre park experienced rapid plant growth after this winter’s heavy rains and the park staff couldn’t keep up. Over 100 Journey volunteers rolled up their sleeves and cleaned up and cleared the overgrowth, all with great enthusiasm and efficiency! John Jones, Wilson Park’s Community Service Director stated, “Journey of Faith did a fantastic job at Sharefest and with such a great attitude. Thank you.”
In addition to serving at Wilson Park, a team of 20 Journey volunteers spent the day at Edison Elementary School reviving and refreshing the garden area, as well as painting colorful murals, highlighting the school’s theme, “Keep It Real.”
Food for Kids | June 11
Journey loves to volunteer to stop child hunger around the world, but child hunger is also prevalent in our local community. In an effort to help stop child hunger in the greater South Bay area, Local Outreach Pastor, Greg Piken, reached out to Food for Kids, a nonprofit that supplies non-perishable food to low-income elementary school students and their families. The government provides meals for underpriviledged students during the week, but many are unable to eat over the weekend.
When we shared our vision to embark on this new project, you showed up! Sunday morning, June 11, non-perishable food items came flooding in. Then, at the packing event that evening, over a hundred volunteers came together to pack 350 bags worth of grocery items, plus additional food items, totaling a whopping 4,700 pounds of food! Trisha Smith, the Executive Assistant for FFK, was shocked to receive an unprecedented amount of food donations and reported, “Thank you! I cannot express how grateful I am for what your community has given. I had no idea what to expect when Kim (Journey’s Director of Facilities) walked in and then I saw the truck! I could not believe that Journey filled an entire U-Haul with food!”
Our donation will provide 400 families with enough to eat for at least a full weekend. Each family will receive their meals in a bag with Journey of Faith’s name and logo. Journey wants to be known as a church that cares about meeting the needs in our community, and we pray that when families and schools receive these bags, they will feel loved by Journey and look to God—who is the ultimate provider of needs!