NEW BOSTON — Sandhill International Pentecostal Church of Christ (IPCC) out of Sandhill, Ky. was on a mission Saturday.
Members of the church gathered in New Boston to distribute more than 40,000 pounds of potatoes to housing projects and churches.
Pastor of Sandhill I.P.C.C. Gary Newman, and some members from his congregation gathered on the parking lot of Vinyl Kraft Windows in New Boston on Saturday loading up and delivering potatoes.
Newman said the distribution to those in need is a part of their churches effort to obey what Jesus taught in Matthew 25 of the Bible.
“We are distributing potatoes to pantries and also to the housing projects as a part of our ministry that we have at Sandhill,” Newman said. “We started this several years ago, and this project here I have been working on for two years, and finally the Society of St. Andrews got together on this date and now we have all of these potatoes. There was over 40,000 pounds of potatoes here earlier, and we have already taken care of a few of the churches that have pantries in the area. So this is just one of the things that we do at Sandhill. It is just a part of our ministry, obeying Matthew 25, where Jesus said,”When you do unto the least of these, you’ve done it unto me. So we are just trying to obey the Lord.”
The church would be distributing bags of potatoes to residents of New Boston Commons, Wayne Hills, Farley Square. Additionally, he said they would be taking potatoes to apartments on the west side of Portsmouth and in South Shore, Ky, as well as a few churches.
The generous amount of potatoes given to Sandhill I.P.C.C. by Society of St. Andrews out of Wisconsin.
“The potatoes came from Wisconsin, from all over the place, Society of St. Andrews is all over the place,” Newman said. “They are donated from different groups out there in Wisconsin, farmers donate these potatoes, and we end up getting them. Everybody gets a 10 pound bag, and it just makes for a nice potato meal.”
Becky Adams, a member of Sandhill I.P.C.C, and coordinator of this effort, said distributing food throughout the community is extremely important.
“It is important to do things like this because of the need. There are so many people out there that are hunger, and the need is just so great,” Adams said. “And it is a blessing that the Lord has blessed our church to be able to do this. We are going on our fifth year, and it has been wonderful. We feed, probably about 150 families when we give out, and it is just a blessing.”
Sandhill I.P.C.C. disseminated 42,000 pounds of potatoes to some local housing projects and churches for their food pantries on Saturday on the Vinyl Kraft Windows parking lot in New Boston.
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