Long known for their health and evangelistic ministries, members of the Wichita Three Angels Church have ventured into yet another community outreach: providing quality clothing for children.
According to Pastor Nathan Stearman, the church has partnered with God’s Closet, an arm of Adventist Community Services based in Spokane, Washington, to host their own program in Wichita. Once per quarter for a $1 admission fee, shoppers can fill their bags with new or gently used children’s clothing.
“This outreach is special because we’re trying to reach the community in a way we haven’t tried before,” Stearman said. “We’ve been thinking a lot about Isaiah 58 and how to minister to those in need. We have members who have embraced this chapter.”
Stearman says the clothing comes from members and the community. Volunteers sort the donated clothes by sizes a few days in advance. They advertise on the church’s Facebook page and God’s Closet web network.
Following registration, community members receive a shopping bag to browse tables stocked with clothes. While parents shop, a Children’s Corner offers crafts and Bible story time for the kids.
“My granddaughter is having a baby and this helps out a lot,” said a shopper named Henry. “I’d like to participate in an exchange program where we can donate clothing that we no longer need.”
Volunteer Paula Currey finds this program rewarding: “People have left with smiles on their faces and the children left with the story of Creation. It’s been a blessing.”
For more information on God’s Closet visit www.godscloset.us.
Author John Treolo is communication director for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference.