Thank you for visiting the website of The Branches Food Ministry. We are very excited about what God is doing through this ministry. With todays economy and jobless rate, we realize the growing need in our community. Through much prayer and hard work, we have grown. Now, we have an over flowing pantry that serves well over 100 families a month on average, in our Randolph County community! We have grown this ministry through prayer and the support of our community. We are so thankful for what God is doing!
Not only do we serve through a client choice food pantry, we also have a monthly free community dinner. This dinner is far from a soup kitchen meal. We are welcoming you, to come and join us! We want to get to know you, fellowship with you, learn how to help you, and be involved in your lives through prayer and friendship!
Last, we have nutritional classes that are offered onsite through our local Purdue Extension office.
Please, take time to look through the areas of our website, and feel free to contact us if you have further questions or comments.
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone that donates to our food ministry. Without your kind and giving hearts, many people in our community would not be able to get the nourishing food that they so desperately need.
THE FEEDING OF 5000
According to the Gospels, when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place near Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee.
The crowds followed Jesus on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it is already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish given to us by a boy," they answered.
"Bring them to me," he said. Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate were about five thousand men, besides the women and children.