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Feeding bellies, changing lives at Brookside

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010

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.

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  1. Lives are being changed at Brookside Church!! I pray everyone hears where God calls them to serve and that they receive the courage to act on it. Serving at Brookside Church for almost two years has opened a whole new world of opportunities and abundant spiritual nourishment. Not only have I grown in my faith, I have a second family. Your life will NEVER be the same when you follow your calling to serve. God will lead you and your life becomes His. Everything you experience in your life as you grow in Christ has more meaning and clarity. Experiencing the Holy Spirit at work is a precious gift.

    Thank you to all the volunteers at BCC! Thank you Pastor Aaron, beth and Liz for your passion to follow your calling. And thank you Jamie, for helping me become a better person.


    You have been such an inspiration to me in so many ways!!!! Your welcoming spirit and desire to follow Christ is contagious. Not only do you worship at Brookside Church, you are a CONSISTENT volunteer in the Nursery, signing people up at Breakfast and I have seen you mowing as well! You are an amazing example of what serving in a church means. Who knows how many other ways you bless us through your service.

    I thank God for your friendship and look forward to seeing you soon. Blessings


  2. Jamie, you are one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. Even though I wish you could have your children with you, the children at Brookside are thankful to have you there loving them!

  3. Jamie, you are such an inspiration! I miss seeing you every Sunday at church and I know James and Emma do as well. I’m so proud of you- you’re such an awesome woman!! — Erin

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