Reaching Out in Pittsburgh
Saturday evening, Jeff Johnson and his wife, Karen, and their children, Jonae and Judson, with extended family members participated in an outreach in the downtown streets of Pittsburgh to feed and clothe the homeless. The ministry is sponsored each weekend by Ken Howard Ministries. Two of our ABCOPAD churches participate monthly: Olive Branch Church in Belle Vernon, and First Baptist Church, Vandergrift.
Jeff's kids helped serve the wonderful and abundant hot food prepared by Marcia Bauer from Olive Branch.
Jeff and Judson distributed personal hygiene kits put together by Judson.
Karen, her mother, her niece, and the choir director of Olive Branch sang carols in the background.
After weeks of temps way above normal, the night of the outreach, the temps dipped to well below freezing. The Olive Branch ministry team is headed up by Paula Sommerfeldt, wife of the church's pastor Ken. The Vandergrift ministry is headed up by Pat Rupert, providing lot of clothes as well as bag meals for the homeless to take and eat later.
Before the evening was over, a man prayed to commit his life to Christ. Now this is the greatest present one can receive this Christmas season: His presence in this man's heart.