By Bob Anderson for the Frazier Park Assembly of God
It started as a dream over a year ago, to provide Christmas dinner on Christmas day for those in our community who had no one to share this blessed day with or did not have the ability to provide Christmas dinner for themselves or their families.
So last Christmas, armed with a small financial gift and a couple of donated turkeys, we set out to fulfill our dream. What an incredible day! We served over 30 hungry people and had a truck driver we call “Trucker Dan” from the Flying J share his testimony and a song he wrote after losing his entire family in a car accident. It blew us all away as he sang O’ Holy Night. That was a Christmas I will never forget!
This year, though realizing we could not recapture the magic of last year, we set out to once again share with family and friends and make some new friends by serving a Christmas dinner on Christmas day.
Now others shared the vision and stepped up with donations and a willingness to serve. Armed now with a real budget, our goal was to double last year’s blessing—and we did. We served over 60 hungry people and while Trucker Dan was nowhere to be found, Flying J once again provided our blessing.
A young couple was stranded, after losing their vehicle to fire. They were able to rescue only a few personal possessions. All they had left were what they were wearing. They showed up with their dog and shared Christmas with us. One of our church members went home, put some clothes together and gave them to the young man.
The couple needed a ride to the Flying J, just north of Bakersfield. One of our guests loaded them up to give them a lift. I can’t think of any better way of sharing Christmas and the message of Christ’s birth, can you?
This is part of the December 31, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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