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TBN's “His Hand Extended” Reaches out to the Needy With Help and Compassion
LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2012) — With the holiday season just around the corner, many families are already planning for the joy and festivities that have been an American tradition for generations. But as the nation's economy continues to struggle and millions of men and women remain out of work, this year's Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be less than joyous for the thousands of families struggling daily just for food and the necessities of life.
For over thirty years Trinity Broadcasting Network has been helping to alleviate those needs with “His Hand Extended,” a national project in which local TBN stations all over America partner with volunteers and local charities to provide help and hope to needy individuals and families. “Early on we realized that in addition to providing programming that feeds people spiritually, we had an obligation to do what we could to help individuals and families receive the basic necessities of life,” said Dr. Paul Crouch, TBN's founder and president. “We established 'His Hand Extended' as a way for our local stations in cities all over America to partner with others in their area to do this important work of the gospel.”
In Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Houston, Ft, Pierce, Florida, and other cities where TBN has full-power stations, His Hand Extended reaches out with food banks, charities, and local churches to help feed those in need. One of the most successful programs is overseen by Mark Crouch, station manager of WCLJ-TV in Indianapolis/Bloomington, Indiana, which serves between 600 and 700 people every month with food and clothing.
Twice a week, those in need are welcomed to the WCLJ studio, where Mark shares a short devotional from God's Word, and then a team of loyal TBN volunteers serve those who come for help with a generous supply of bread, canned goods, and other basic food supplies. There is also an area where families can access gently used clothes, household goods, and even toys for the kids.
“In Isaiah 58, God emphasizes the importance of sharing our bread with the hungry,” said Mark Crouch. And so we make it a point every week to not just send folks away with a couple of bags of groceries, but to also encourage them with the 'true bread of life,' God's Word. And over the years we've seen so many people touched by God's goodness.”
Mark said that this holiday season the station and its volunteers will partner with a local congregation, Mount Pleasant Christian Church, as it serves 1,200 local people a special Thanksgiving dinner. And on December 21, WCLJ will provide fifty local families each with a turkey and all the fixings for a special Christmas dinner, along with toys and other gifts specially selected for children.
“We can certainly attest to the truth of Christ's admonition that it is more blessed to give than to receive,” said Mark Crouch. “The privilege of being God's hand extended to those in need is a blessing that is unmatched. It's a treasure we wouldn't trade for anything.”
Colby May, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 202-544-5171
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