God began to birth the outreach in January 2014. God had placed a desire in my heart for the homeless; the temperature outside was freezing, I just couldn’t imagine how anyone could survive in that weather. We began to collect gloves, hats, coats, blankets, sleeping bags and any product that would fill the essential bags. The youth group filled 65 bags, each with a bottle of water with a scripture on them, letting each know that they are loved! These bags were distributed to the A.C.E. Center in Seaford. We continued to collect items. To this date we have filled and distributed over a 1000 food and essential bags, to all three counties in Delaware.
In March 2014, God continued to intertwine people together with His heart’s desires. Dana Hockensmith had the same compassion for the homeless, and the outreach grew. We placed a tent in the Sanctuary, and asked the congregation to bring in items to fill it (pop tops, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, water, etc.) As it would fill, we would distribute the items to those in needs. Matthew 25:35 “ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 37. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38.When did we see you stranger and invite you in, or need clothes and clothe you? 39. When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you? 40. “The King will reply, ‘ Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
In December of 2014 Nikki Gonzalez became the Director/Coordinator of Western Sussex County Code Purple. A shelter had opened at Stein Hwy COG!! We coordinated a couple of meals for the guest of Code Purple the first year, with people from our church. The youth participated and did Praise and Worship. What an Amazing night!
In 2015 we began to do fundraisers, our first Community day. We invited local businesses to partner with us to reach out to our community. There was something for every member of the family: free food, medical, games, vendors, bake sale, and a silent auction to raise funds for the outreach. A freezer was donated, and we had a small bookshelf to stock with dry goods. We purchased meats to fill the freezer. We started reaching out to the families in the community that were in need. This will be our 5th year collaborating with local businesses for community day. About My Father’s Business Ministries has partnered with a purpose with other organizations and ministries in the last six years. Five transitional homes, (3) @ Square One, (2) @ Everlasting Hope Ministries, Kent & Sussex County Probation & Parole, Love Inc. (2) Disabled Veterans Homes, Victory Village Home & Resource Center for Veterans, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for low income patients that are in need of food, 40 homebound seniors that we supply meals for, and we continue to work with Code Purple.
About My Father’s Business Ministries has grown by leaps and bounds, and we are so thankful that God is using us.
In 2015 we purchased our second freezer, we began to partner with Mountaire Farms, and later that year a third freezer was purchased. We now have a supply of 600 lbs. of chicken that is distributed monthly. We also partnered with Burris Foods for a year. We have a fully stocked food pantry, a clothing closet, a distribution room that is filled with: cleaning, and essential supplies.
We had a 12×24 shed donated in 2017, along with all the tin, to have it remodeled. This shed is used for overflow.
2018 brought a new adventure, we partnered with a distribution center, they supply much of our essential items. Very thankful for all the doors that are being opened. In 2018 a board was also formed, and the outreach became About My Father’s Business Ministries.” And He said unto them, How is it that you sought Me? Knew you not that I must be about My Father’s business?”Luke 2:49 (KJ). In 2018 we were Blessed to go out into our community to fellowship with the children, were able to play games, bring food and drinks, gift cards and bless the children with bikes.
Through much prayer and the direction and guidance of God, 2018 and 2019 has brought a new vision, and a new desire to see the erection of a 60×80 building on our church grounds. This building will be a thermal controlled structure, a full food pantry, clothing closet, storage for our distribution items, and a shelter for the homeless on cold nights. At this time Bridgeville does not have a shelter for men.