We are excited to share that five of our ABCNJ congregations have been awarded the Matthew 25 Grant, a grant sponsored by American Baptist Churches USA and the Board of General Ministries and funded by a generous donor. The Matthew 25 Grant is awarded to congregations who help meet the needs of housing, feeding, education and health to the less fortunate. Congratulations to each of you for responding with compassion and expressing love and mercy to the “least of these”. For as you have responded to them you have also responded to Christ! For more information about the Matthew 25 grant, please follow this link.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me to something drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did it for me.’” (Matthew 25:35, 40)
First Baptist Church, Elizabeth, NJ
$1,500 Grant will be used toward the upkeep of the Shelter Our Sisters Hospitality House, a home for formerly homeless sisters and their children.
NextGen Church, West Windsor, NJ
$2,000 Grant will be used to purchase teaching materials and snacks for the Saturday tutoring program as well as fund a fellowship meal each month for students and their families.
ABC of New Jersey, Harvest of Blessings Ministerial Community Outreach, LLC, Trenton, NJ
$3,000 Grant will be used to continue the "Seeds of Hope" Children of Incarcerated Parents program.
First Baptist Church, Bordentown, NJ
$1,000 Grant will be used to fund the Motel Meals project which serves low-income families that are living in motel rooms.
Hopewell Baptist Church, Olive Branch Wellness Pantry, Newark, NJ
$5,000 Grant will be used to repair the flooded Olive Branch Wellness Pantry to continue to provide meals to the homeless.