Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

New Jersey Church Hosts Homeless Families

Adventurers from the Wayne church prepare to serve breakfast. Adventurers from the Wayne church prepare to serve breakfast.

Story by Efrain Avila 

Each year New Jersey Conference’s Wayne church members host an Easter program but not this year. This year members threw open the church doors and welcomed four adults and nine children without a home to call their own. The church worked for many months with Family Promise, an organization that places homeless families for seven days at a time at local churches.

During the church’s first week hosting the program, members pitched in to provide supplies, cook food and support the families in whatever way needed. The Adventurers even pitched in one morning to serve breakfast (pictured)! “We were thrilled to show compassion in a tangible way to families that need and will need our help in the future,” shared Delma Avila, the church’s Health Ministries director.

“It was a wonderful, tangible way to help others in need while at the same time receiving a tremendous blessing. The [children] can’t wait to help out again,” said Larra Millner, Children Ministries director.

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