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By Mary Haskett

An average of a 100 to 120 people a month knock on the door, of London First Church of the Nazarene on Wellington Road, for a free bag of food; four times a month Sandra Lunney and Pam Claveau take it in turns to serve those who come. On Tuesday morning of August 14th men and women came in the pouring rain. They came in twos and threes—among them a mother and daughter. When the side door bell rang Sandra stopped preparing packages and hurried to the door with readied bags full of canned foods, tea bags and pasta. She greeted everyone with a smile. Each person is registered with the church, and with clipboard in hand she checked Ids and addresses on her list and then placed a check mark beside their names. This ensures that one package a month is given to each person.

Not only did Sandra give them a bag of groceries, but she handed them a prayer card telling them that if they would like prayer they could fill in their requests and drop the card through the church mailbox. She explained that members of the church would pray for them.

In between the hectic morning, Pastor Junior Sorzano came to tell Sandra, another person had requested to become a recipient. After a frenzied hour and a half of packing and giving, the food cupboard needed to be replenished. Sandra explained that she would inform Al Squire, head usher and Board member, of the church, and he would buy more supplies. Meanwhile she posted a notice on the door advising people they could come back on Thursday.

The organization of this ministry is well orchestrated. A notice is posted on the door of the church each month, by the youth pastor, indicating the dates and times supplies will be available.

Where does the funding come from? The source is Compassionate Ministries, to which the congregation donates consistently, some give funds, and others buy canned goods.

When asked how she felt about her role in the ministry. Sandra replied, "I truly enjoy it. It's good to know we can make a difference," as an afterthought she added, "They bless us more than we bless them."

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Mary Haskett is an award winning author. Her works include Reverend Mother's Daughter, Because We Prayed and her third book, India My Calling.

Please visit Mary's website at www.maryhaskett.com.