Feeding bellies, changing lives at Brookside
by Liz Hickman
Jamie, a 35-year-old resident of Indianapolis, Ind., gave her life to the Lord at Brookside Community Church about two years ago. She says she had always believed that Jesus existed, but had no trust in, dependency on or no praise for the Lord.
Her first realization that God was working in her life came at age 18, with the birth of her first child. She said that God was the only explanation for a tiny egg becoming a child. That realization, however, did nothing to change her life.
Jamie says that before coming to Christ, her life was a mess. She had no hope, no dreams, no goals, and she was depressed. Now that she has given her life to Christ, her life is different; it is wonderful. Joy is in her heart, and she has been delivered from the use of drugs.
Prior coming to Indianapolis, Jamie lived in Oakland City, Ind. It was there that she abused many different kinds of drugs, was caught with possession and distribution of drugs, arrested and served a sentence of 2 ½ years. In addition to her incarceration, her drug use led to the abuse of relationships.
Although married, Jamie has been separated from her husband for 10 years. She has two children: a son who is 17 years old and a daughter who is 15 years old. She has been away from them for eight years. They are in foster care, and she has no parental rights due to her criminal record. Jamie’s mother talks to the children regularly, and sometimes the children are allowed to call Jamie. Because of all they have gone through, they are confused about God.
When she was released from jail, she was dropped off in Indianapolis and soon came to visit Brookside Community Church.
I came to Brookside because my friend, Carl, told me there was a food pantry here. Normally on Saturdays we would go the St. Vincent DePaul food pantries then Carl told me there was a food pantry on Sundays at Brookside. Plus me and him was trying to find a good church to come to and we found it.
I came to Brookside the very next week and never stopped coming. I keep coming back because I like the environment and the people. Everybody is real welcoming when I walk in the door they don’t judge me by my appearance. I like the way they praise and that they really believe in Jesus. They are not fake. They believe and do what the Bible says.
This yellow bag is what brings the community in. We feed their bellies and once they are here we can feed their hearts and minds with the Truth.
Boy, thanks don’t even cut it for all I’ve been given. Thanks for the time and the effort to feed our community. Thanks for the real love. Thanks for Sundays and Wednesday Bible study with the women. I don’t think Northview realizes how much they’ve done for our community. You have changed a lot of lives without even knowing us personally.
*Editor’s note: To get involved in serving in the urban environment, e-mail our Urban Team. Want to fill a yellow bag to help feed families and individuals like Jamie? Pick up a yellow bag at any time from Northview, and return it to the designated carts in the lobby. Food is then collected to be given to the Brookside Community Church food pantry.by