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VBS and Food Pantries

Does your Vacation Bible School, youth group or Sunday School class need a summer mission project? Marilyn Stevens, director of SERVE in Stafford County, has an idea: a food drive for her agency’s pantry. The group is having trouble keeping its shelves stocked now, with children out of school for the summer. They’re not getting the free or reduced breakfasts and lunches and their parents are knocking on SERVE’s doors for more cereal, tuna and peanut butter and jelly. If children, youth and leaders brought a can or box of food to each religious event, Stevens feels their shelves could stay stocked and these kids could be fed through the summer. If you want to help, call SERVE at 540/288-9598 or 540/288-9603.

In other news, Sunday’s fundraiser for Star Light Ministries raised about $1,000 for the group’s Exotic Dancers MBA program which will help strippers learn to save money, earn more money, gain self confidence and transition out of the field. I heard from a woman a little while ago who runs a similar ministry in Austin, TX. She told me about JC’s girls, run by a former stripper. This group had a documentary and helps strippers and prostitutes discover the love of Jesus. The group uses Romans 8:35 as a motto, "Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ."