Small Church Helps Feed Community

A small town Texoma church is helping the community in big ways. The First Assembly of God Church in Holliday began a food pantry a year ago. Church members have watched it grow and now they have even bigger plans for what lies ahead, making the Harvest Food Ministries its own home.

An old run-down house that sits next door to the Holliday First Assembly of God Church will soon get a makeover.

"We're in the process of hopefully this next week of having the old house completely tore down. We want to pour concrete slab and get the contractors in line," said Pastor Michael Wells.

The church bought the home as a way to expand their ever growing food program called Harvest Food Ministry.

"I would say probably when we started maybe 30 families. Just recently we have done 80 families which would be more than 200 people."

What's remarkable is this church has about 15 members, yet they're able to provide for more than 5 times that number.

"Even though we're just a few in numbers our God is a big God and he allows things to take place. We're excited that we get to be a part of what he's doing, not necessarily what we're doing," said Pastor Wells.

And for the church that often means sacrifices, yet every fourth Thursday of the month they manage to supply groceries for the dozens of families that stop by in need.

"We know there's a place in their heart that makes it very hard to reach out to get things so we want to make that as comfortable as possible."

What began a year ago has blossomed into the towns largest food pantry. Pastor Wells has watched it grow, now he'll be watching it again as he waits patiently for its new home to be built with high hopes of what it can produce.

"I hope there's others that come and get on board," he said. "It's a whole lot more than just food. I pray that people can get their self esteem lifted and know they are worth something."

If you would like to help out you can stop by their church in Holliday off 119 W Live Oak or you can mail a check. That address is PO Box 100, Holliday, TX  76366.

Pastor wells says they work with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank to get food. The church will always find a way to provide the money to purchase the food, which is more than $500 a month.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.