Local Church Promises Half Of Building Capital Fund Will Be Given To The Poor

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Grace Fellowship and The Destiny Foundation kick off long-term partnership with Easter Service at Lake Eola Amphitheater

What if the church took Jesus Christ's challenge to "love your neighbor as yourself" seriously? One local congregation asked that question and came up with a surprising answer: half of every dollar raised in their upcoming building campaign would be given to the poor.

Having already begun a partnership to bring clean water to more than 200,000 people in the nation of Rwanda in 2007, the five-year old congregation at Grace Fellowship searched for a local project that would offer as much opportunity and impact as their global emphasis. They found what they were looking for in The Destiny Foundation of Central Florida, a unique ministry that meets the physical and spiritual needs of local families through innovative food programs, clothing initiatives, and a free children's medical clinic. When Grace Fellowship begins raising capital this year for their own facilities, 25 percent of everything raised will go to their Rwanda projects, and 25 percent will go to feed and care for the poor and hungry right here in Central Florida through the Foundation.

"Our church definitely needs its own building," says Pastor Mike Adkins, whose congregation has grown to more than 500 people in rented facilities at the Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church. "But if we want to be serious about the calling of Jesus, we have to look hard at what we do with our time and our money. We came to the conclusion that we needed to take 'loving our neighbor as ourselves' seriously. Right now for us that means that if we spend a dollar on our own needs for a building, we need to spend a dollar on the needs of our neighbors at home and abroad. It might mean our building has to wait, but we believe that this is what God wants us to do."

Grace Fellowship and The Destiny Foundation will kick off their partnership at a unique Easter service at the Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park at 8:00am on March 23, 2008. In addition to a modern worship service and a free egg hunt for families, the service will highlight the work of the Destiny Foundation and the needs of the community by providing free groceries to Foundation clients who attend. The public is also welcome, and complete information can be found at http://www.easterateola.com.

Grace Fellowship is a non-denominational Christian congregation that began in 2003. With a unique vision, they serve the community through innovative worship and relevant teaching. For more information about Grace Fellowship, visit http://www.gogracefellowship.com.

Destiny Foundation of Central Florida is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the tools and resources needed to help families fight hunger and break the cycle of poverty in Central Florida and throughout the world. They offer programs helping families with food assistance, economic opportunities, continuing education, health care, and emergency relief in times of disaster. For more information about Destiny Foundation, visit http://www.battlepoverty.org.

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