November 1, 2016

Halloween is Awesome!

Last night over 100 college students from Intervarsity chapters at HCC, UT, & USF went trick-or-treating for our homeless friends. "We are not here to get candy for ourselves but canned goods for the poor." they told each house.  They had a little flyer with info about the Well to give every home they stopped at and on the back of that card was this note from us: 

Halloween is Awesome!
What other night can people go from house to house, knocking on doors and
be met with smiles, hospitality, and generosity. It is a night when our culture
opens our doors and lives to strangers and to children without concern for the
masks that they wear, and offers good things just for stopping by. 
We chose to use this great tradition of trick-or-treating to knock on your door
on behalf of the hungry in Tampa. Thank you for opening your door to us and
for your generosity tonight. 
Tonight we remember Jesus’ words, “Then the King will say to those on his
right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the
kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry
and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something 
to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.'”
Thank you for opening your doors to us! 

Today we unloaded a full pick-up truck into our Free Market and will be sharing that food with hungry neighbors over the next few weeks. We are so grateful for the students who gathered the food and the neighbors that shared it! This was the 4th hear of this halloween tradition/partnership between the Well and Intervarsity chapters throughout Tampa. It is a beautiful example of the prayer that is our vision statement:

 "Needs met, Bridges Built, a City made Whole"