Heaven’s Kitchen awakens students to the HIV epidemic in the Baltimore metropolitan area, equips them to prepare nutritious meals, and engages them in the lives of those individuals with HIV/AIDS in need of physical sustenance and kindness.
Hebrews: 13 “Share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship – a different kind of “sacrifice”- that takes place in the kitchen and workplace and on the streets”.
Heaven’s Kitchen at Central Presbyterian Church
In January 2009, 5 vivacious seventh grade girls heeded Jesus’ call in Matthew 14:16 “You give them something to eat.” What resulted was the Heaven’s Kitchen cooking ministry; the provision of nourishing meals to those infected with HIV. Once a month the girls get together, cook, package the food for delivery to the JACQUES Initiative HIV Clinic, and share a meal together. Six years later and with over 3,000 servings provided, Heaven’s Kitchen remains committed to its mission. Through the years, the girls have had the privilege of partnering with other local nonprofits such as:
• TurnAround, Inc.; with the mission of providing counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Baltimore County; and
• Acts4Youth; a Christian mentoring organization operating in Baltimore City schools that equips at-risk boys in elementary, middle and high school with foundational character traits and life skills for successful transitions to authentic manhood.. They prepared a Thanksgiving meal for the boys in 2012 and 2013 and have assisted with their annual graduation banquet.
Here’s what a Case Manager from JACQUES Initiative has to say:
“The casseroles were dropped off at the Clinic today and the staff is so appreciative. Every time the clients thank me profusely for the work that the Heaven’s Kitchen girls do. They ask about the casseroles all of the time and have said what a blessing it is to be able to provide a meal to those in need. It’s such great work and I wanted to pass on the praise!”
We now have two teams from Central Presbyterian Church led by:
- Leslie Simmons and the ninth grade girls
- Allison Gerbereux, Mariellen Crabtree, Becky Garvey and the sixth grade girls
So what can you do?
1. Pray. Pray for our brothers, sisters, and families we are serving. Pray for us and for other church partners. Pray and ask God if he is calling you to start Heaven’s Kitchen in your church.
2. We are in this for the long haul. You can support our efforts to reach the goal of 4,000 meals by high school graduation by donating to HopeSprings (Please make checks payable to “HopeSprings” and include “Heaven’s Kitchen” in the memo line).
3. Love this idea? Start it at your own church! What’s needed: a chef, kitchen space, volunteers to cook and deliver meals. Set a date and time, then advertise! Contact us so we can speak and assist you. We will provide instructions on how to begin this ministry at your church. Reach out to us now: firstname.lastname@example.org.