Saturday, February 15 “Mission to Our Escondido Neighbors” hosted an all-you-can-eat barbecue event to share a hot meal with local homeless.
Cocina Del Charro provided some of their food and everyone left with an extra meal in hand to share with others in the community.
A gospel message from John 3:16 and the prodigal son was delivered by Eric Johnson, a Westminster Seminary student, who spoke about the love of God and his grace offered to all in the giving of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Also in attendance were the representatives from Mental Health Systems, Solutions for Change, In His Steps (a Christian Residential Recovery Program from Ramona), East County Transitional Living Center and The Foundry Church, who hosts recovery programs. They shared information about their programs’ history and assistance offered to help those who want to help themselves.
Pamphlets from The Fellowship Center, Interfaith Services, Victory Outreach, and McAlister Institute were available and passed out to all.
Many clothes were donated by New Life Presbyterian Church, The Foundry Church and others whose mission is to show the love of God by sharing with those in need. Toiletry packages were provided by R.A.W. Ministry of Infusion Church which also included many food items.
Also available were fresh picked fruit, books and Bibles. In addition, two Escondido Walmart stores donated Valentine’s cookies and candy.
The Valentine’s barbecue finished with a free raffle where over a dozen prizes were given out, including Vons gift cards, women’s purses and totes, handmade blankets, and floating flashlights, to name a few.
Lonny Beamer, who organized the event, said, “Everyone left with more than one bag plus a take-out meal to show the love of God to those marginalized and living in the shadows among us, showing that there are people in our community who care about them and that they are not forgotten.”
For those who wish to help serve or donate for next event, the Saturday before Easter, April 11, to help the homeless in Escondido, contact Beamer at 760-520-9797.