Holland Park is honored to be a part of Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN)
as a host church to help displaced and homeless families.
For more information or to become involved in this outreach ministry, contact Rick Lantz or Carl Lancaster.
For a complete overview of the GAIHN ministry in the Greenville area, click image on left to connect to the GAIHN website.
Lunches of Love
"If you do it unto the least of these." This scripture is in action every week when the Lunches of Love ministry meets to pack lunches for those in need. With the help of donors from Holland Park Church, volunteers both purchase the food and prepare lunches for homeless people in Greenville County.
The Lunches of Love ministry began in May of 2009 through a simple concept of someone wanting to do something for someone in need. Most of the LOL teams worship at Holland Park, but some are neighbors and friends of team members. Initially teams prepared and delivered 30 lunches to Miracle Hill for distribution every week; currently we are providing 50 lunches a day through this program. A typical lunch consists of a sandwich, bottle of water, fruit and/or a vegetable, chips and a treat of some kind.
By the end of 2009, a total of nearly 3,000 lunches had been prepared and distributed. Beginning in 2010 another team was added, bringing the number of lunches prepared to 160 per week.
The ministry has grown and continues to change based on the needs at the time. We now serve lunches and snacks to the Frazee Dream Center in Greenville. The Frazee Center is a free preschool, after school and summer program for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area. Each lunch bag is stapled closed with a scripture attached. Before these lunches are taken to the Frazee Center a prayer is offered that they may be of nourishment to someone in need and that the person receiving each lunch will in some way be drawn to the Lord.
This ministry also reaches out to the Miracle Hill Women's Renewal Center on Saturdays by providing meals for them. The Miracle Hill Renewal program focuses on freedom from life-dominating addictions through a relationship with Jesus Christ and by following spiritual and practical principles of the Bible.We also host special lunch gatherings with these ladies every other month.
Lunches of Love is truly the scripture in action: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." Matthew 25:35a
What Is Mission Backpack?
Mission Backpack is a program of outreach to help children in our community who often do not get enough to eat when they are home on weekends and school breaks.
Who are the kids?
49% of the children attending Greenville County Schools qualify for free or reduced price meals. This is about 35,000 school age children. Many of these children have little or nothing to eat at home on weekends and school breaks. Children are selected by the school social worker/counselor from among those who qualify for free meals and are identified as being at high risk for hunger during out of school times.
What is HPC's role in this program?
Holland Park volunteers provide donations of specific non-perishable food and/or monetary donations. Each week several volunteers bag food supplies for the weekend and transport them to Mauldin Middle School. We have committed to 25 bags each weekend. A list of food items that are needed can be found in the HPC foyer along with containers to drop off the food items. Linda Lunsford is the HPC coordinator.
Loaves & Fishes
We are partnering with Loaves & Fishes which is the organization that sponsors Mission Backpack in the Greenville area. They provided the inofrmation to support the program and helped us coordinate with Mauldin Middle School.
Released-Time Christian Education
Holland Park participates in the Relased-Time Christian Education program by hosting classes once a week September through March. We are honored to partner with Christian Learning Centers to reach out to students at Mauldin Middle to share God's Word and encourage students to meet God daily through Bible study and prayer in hopes they will develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, mature in the unity of the faith, and become committed church members in their local church. Brandon Mays is the coordinator for Holland Park. For more information on the Released-Time program click on left image to connect to the Chrisitan Learning Centers of Greenville website.
Feeding the Homeless and Hungry
After getting a late start this spring in developing and planting a garden of approximately two acres, much has been accomplished. Many hours have gone into this service project by servant-hearted volunteers.
Early vegetables have already been given to Lunches of Love to be distributed to Miracle Hill Ministries. Larger supplies will be distributed through Loaves and Fishes to shelters and food kitchens for the homeless and needy in the Greenville area. Even this first year, many hundreds of pounds will be distributed. The goal for 2013 is 25,000 pounds.
Much appreciation and many thanks go out to all the volunteers for their diligent work each Saturday morning. Lowe’s on Woodruff Road graciously donated lumber for the raised beds and pipe for water irrigation. Plants and seeds were also donated by individuals and other organizations. Special thanks go to those who contributed $3500 at the beginning of this garden project. The bulk of this amount was needed in getting the area cleared and ground developed. Continued monetary donations will be needed since this is not a church budgeted ministry.
God has been so good and so faithful during this first year, which started with a “dream to a garden” that feeds hungry people.