COVID-19 AND BEACHIE CREEK FIRE RELIEF UPDATES
Updated: Dec 2, 2020
Our team is still out on the streets of Salem, Oregon sharing the Gospel and providing food, masks, and other supplies to our neighbors on the street. We are so thankful for all the community members, businesses, and organizations who have sacrificed their time and resources to help us carry out this effort. We have been blessed to provide our neighbors on the street over 85,000 meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow this post for updates on what God is doing through BBSM and the Salem community during the COVID-19 crisis.
This month was difficult for so many in our community as the Beachie Creek fire burned homes and left thousands of people displaced. But we know that even in uncertainty God is good, and He brings hope and restoration to the brokenhearted.
This month we were overwhelmed by the way God provided an abundance of food and other supplies to help those in need in our community. He enabled us to distribute well over 12,000 pounds of produce to our both our unsheltered and sheltered neighbors in multiple cities and counties in Oregon. Big 5 Sporting goods on South Commercial is one of our amazing eternal impact partners, and they helped us collect 50 tents and 175 cold weather sleeping bags that were also given to our neighbors on the streets. The sleeping bags were rated for 25 degrees and are life-saving items.
We want to thank Figaros Pizza, United Way, Salem Heights Church, Issac's Coffee, Foodology, Pepsi, the Gregory Family, Desert Rose Ministries in Hermiston, SLF, Church at the Park, and Salem Housing Authority for helping provide our neighbors on the streets and those displaced by the fire with 100 pizzas, hundreds of pounds of canned and dry foods, Bibles, 40 coffee cards, fresh meals, a truck full of water, clothing, and 71 $25 gas cards.
Tera Marshall asked us to see if we could help provide some art supplies for all the families with children that are in the hotel program in Woodburn due to being displaced by the wildfires. Thanks to God, we were able to collect these items along with 2 cases of Bibles to give to these families in need.
Firefighters staying at Chemeketa Community college received 50 dozen donuts from our amazing eternal impact partners Mike Mungra and his team at Daynight Donuts on South Commercial Street. We are thankful to Geneva Financial and the FUELED coffee truck for inviting us to partner with them to show love to our firefighters.
We also held our 6th Health Connect, graciously hosted by Church at the Park. FOODOLOGY provided meals for our neighbors on the streets and we want to thank the Chica and Bain families for volunteering to help us further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of our dear neighbors who calls the streets home said "Yes," to the free gift of salvation! Please pray for our new brother in Christ.
We praise God for what He has done on the streets of Salem this month. All that we do for our neighbors on the streets is all for God's glory and His kingdom! In August we helped distribute many toys and household items courtesy of one of our generous families that loves to give a couple times a year to help kids and parents on the streets. We are tremendously thankful for Daynight Donuts in Salem, who so kindly helped us give out over 90 dozen donuts and 750 donut holes. The Salem Leadership Foundation donated backpacks filled with hygiene kits donated by the Salem Housing Authority. We added protein bars and hit the streets to distribute these packs.
We were also blessed to record a Gospel message that will be aired on the radio in the Philippines in partnership with RCGGM. We want to give a huge shoutout to AJ Acker and Salem Heights Church for partnering with us for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our 5th Health Connect was held on August 21, and we are immensely thankful for all those who came to volunteer and show the love of Christ to our neighbors on the street. Sanchos Tacos and Grill made 140 meals, and we were also blessed by the Salem Housing Authority, Helping Hands, and Trash for Cash who volunteered their time and resources as well. Thank you to Church at the Park for hosting! Many prayers went up!
In Mill City, BBSM was blessed to distribute many sleeping bags and food for families in need.
We are continually floored by the kindness and love our community has shown to our neighbors on the streets. Through God's power and provision we have been blessed to provide hundreds of meals, thousands of bottles of water, and 10 cases of brand new Bibles along with other necessities for our dear friends in July alone. We are unable to express how thankful we are for the generosity of local partners such as Daynight Donuts, Salem Heights Church, Nachos Locos, Bentley's Coffee, Aluvium Health, Church at The Park, and Figaros Pizza in Keizer--among many others.
Again this month God allowed us to distribute thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to our neighbors on the streets in Klamath Falls and Oakrdige.
We have been busy this month and so blessed to serve our neighbors on the streets during this COVID-19 crisis. As always, we are thankful for our amazing community partners who have all come together to help meet needs for those on the streets of Salem. Through God's provision we have been able to provide over 1,000 meals to our neighbors on the streets in this month alone, as well as distribute clothing among other necessities. We are thankful for Nachos Locos, Alluvium Health, Church at the Park, Foodology Mobile Kitchen, Northwest Human Services, the ARCHES Project, Marion Polk Food Share, Daynight Donuts, Candy Fix, Women at the Well Grace House, Bearscat Bakehouse, King Donuts, Summer Donily and her daughter, and our friend Timo.
God also allowed us to be a part of distributing thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need in Klamath Falls, Oakridge, and Salem Oregon
God has let us be apart of what He is doing in Salem, and it is amazing to see Him provide so much food and supplies for our dear neighbors on the streets. We are so thankful for the Strom and Search families, Chris and Johnny with Cindy Lou's, the entire Alluvium team, Church At The Park, ARCHES, Taylor's House Northwest Human Services, Foodology Mobile Kitchen, Isaac's, Nacho's Locos, Sanchos Tacos and Salem Heights Church. Our community has come together in unity to provide supplies and over 1,520 meals for our neighbors on the streets in May alone.
We praise God for Kim, a friend on the street who accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Please pray for our new sister in Christ!