August 07, 2013

Back to School Blast in St. Louis

Chad Trafton - Staff Writer for Joyce Meyer Ministries

More than 2,500 people attended the annual Back to School Blast at the St. Louis Dream Center, an urban church and outreach of Joyce Meyer Ministries

Attendees were given free shoes, socks, diapers, light bulbs, blankets, and backpacks full of school supplies. They also stayed for a fun afternoon of complimentary face paintings, haircuts, inflatables, rides, games and food. 

“There are going to be kids who don’t go to school because they don’t have school supplies,” says Pastor Alex Bryant. “Just a little thing like this makes a big difference.”  

Just ask Cierra Pordos, a mother of eight who is looking for any help she can get. “I have a job, but I don’t make a lot. So getting shoes and just being able to come out and feed the kids, that’s a big help,” says Pordos. “The school supplies are the most valuable. It’s a great way to give back and show your community that you care.” 

Prior to distributing the backpacks, Pastor Bryant took time to share the Gospel with those in attendance. “We’re not just giving them supplies—we’re giving them Jesus,” says Bryant. “The backpacks are a great way to get them to hear the message.” 

Through the support of the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries, more than 1,500 children went home with backpacks, school supplies, necessities…and a message of hope

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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