(Photo: Peace Missionary Baptist Church)
A church in North Carolina has packaged about 10,000 meals for those in need in developing countries in one day.
Peace Missionary Baptist Church of Durham, N.C., packaged the meals Saturday as part of an effort in conjunction with the international relief agency Stop Hunger Now.
Wil Glenn, spokesman for Peace Missionary Baptist and volunteer at the event, told The Christian Post that the packaging of thousands of meals was passionately performed. "Saturday was inspiring and very energetic," said Glenn, who has been a member of the church since 2000.
"Over 75 church members, and members of the Durham community, took part in packaging 10,152 meals for the less fortunate all across the world."
Glenn also told CP that Peace Missionary Baptist "donated $2,500 to Stop Hunger Now to be able to package the meals."
"Packaging 10,000 meals aligns perfectly with Jesus' principals. Christ is love. You can't love if you don't give," said Glenn.
Terrence Brown, program manager at Stop Hunger Now's Raleigh office, told The Christian Post about how the collaboration came about.
"The event came about after Blair Kelley of Peace Baptist Church did an event with us through a different organization…and thought it would be something her church would enjoy," said Brown.
"She took the idea to them and a couple months later we had a partnership. This is the second time we have joined Peace Baptist in the effort to end world hunger."
Brown also told CP that Peace Missionary Baptist was "the first and still only Afro-American church in the Raleigh area" to be involved in a packaging event.
Chris Singleton, program manager at Stop Hunger Now of Eastern North Carolina, told CP that churches play an important role in Stop Hunger Now's efforts.
"Churches play a huge role in what we are able to do in our area & overall as well. In the East, most of our packaging events are with churches," said Singleton.
"The churches that are packaging have found that it is a great way to get the entire church, young and old, working together. It's also a great way to get people thinking beyond the walls of the church."
Singleton also said that one of his "greatest joys is to see groups of churches working together to package meals without regard to denominational differences, race or economic status."
"We had a high school student that organized a packaging event in order to bring to churches in his small town together, he even named it Unity in the Community," said Singleton.
"Not only did he reach his fund raising goal but he was able to bring 4 or 5 churches together to reach out and help others."
According to the local media outlet WRAL, Peace Missionary Baptist Church's food packaging event corresponded with the Durham church's 39th anniversary.