For the past decade, people in the small city of Willows, located in Glenn County, relied on the community’s main food bank operated by a Baptist church. When that congregation could no longer keep the food bank open, they asked the Adventist Community Services director if the Willows Adventist church would take over. With a 17-member congregation of mostly senior citizens and only eight ACS volunteers, the members weren’t sure they could take on the new responsibility, but after much prayer, they felt compelled to answer the call to serve, and they stepped out in faith, believing God had a plan. They were right! The ACS inherited the food bank’s supplies and bank account. In addition, many community churches, businesses, schools, and individuals continue to donate money and food. Last year, the Willows ACS served about 20 people once a month, but now its weekly food bank serves an average of 570 people each month!
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