God has been exceedingly gracious to us through Jesus. His life, death, and resurrection testify to God’s heart to give us what we do not deserve and could never earn – the gift of eternal life. He is a generous King, and his generosity compels our own.

In September, God provided two opportunities for our church to reflect his generosity by loving the Midlothian community. Craig Smith organized a clothing drive for a local Mercy Mall and MaryBeth Haggard spearheaded a garden project providing produce for our Food Pantry. I asked both leaders to give a quick update on what happened and how they saw God at work through our church.

Project: Mercy Mall Clothing Drive
Leader: Craig Smith

Craig’s Report:
The outpouring of care through the donation of clothing was amazing! We received 8 or 9 cart loads of clothing or almost a truck load. The clothing will be a rich blessing to many families in the Richmond region. We will be doing similar drives on a quarterly basis. The outpouring was so great that it inspired some classes from Midlothian High School to do their own clothing drive! We are already talking with Principal Shawn Able about mobilizing the entire student body to collect additional food and clothing this winter.

Project: Donation Garden 
 Marybeth Haggard

Marybeth’s Report:
Last Sunday, about 15 children and adults gathered in the back lot to turn soil, sow seeds and take part in feeding our community. The seedlings that were started a few weeks ago at Church were put tenderly in the garden beds. We planted spinach, kale, lettuce, beans, peas, broccoli and carrots for a late-Fall harvest. 100% of the produce will go to supplement our Food Pantry Ministry, feeding the needy in our area. Please pray that the garden would prosper, the ravaging wildlife would stay away and that people would experience the love of Jesus through this project. 

Thank you, Craig and Marybeth, for mobilizing our church to be merciful to others as God has been merciful to us. And thanks to the members of Kingsway for wholeheartedly supporting both projects!

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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