For 20 years, the people who are Trinity Baptist Church have been honored to share with you, our community the gift of the Alpine Village. This event has always been offered as a gift to you – just as we are freely given the gift of the love of Jesus, whose life we are celebrating.
While the Village will always continue to be Trinity’s gift to you, this year, we are offering you, our special guests, an opportunity to help others truly in need. For many years, Trinity has partnered with Brinkley Heights providing assistance as they minister in their community. Brinkley Heights has programs which are intended to meet the physical, social, educational, economic, and spiritual needs of people living in the Brinkley Heights service area. Their vision is to develop a community that is clean, safe, and free from drugs and violence, and where families have homes they own, great schools for their children, and living wage jobs.
One ministry provided is the Emergency Services ministry which provides a clothes closet, food pantry, and spiritual & referral counseling program operated year round. The program works in close cooperation with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) to screen and serve Memphians in need. Various Memphis-area congregations donate clothing and serve as dedicated volunteers in the day-to-day operation of the ministry. BHM Emergency Services is the third largest volume MIFA food pantry site in Memphis and they serve over 1,500 families each year.
To illustrate the reach of this ministry, here are some of their statistics. In 2015, BHM provided 50,229 meals to 5,581 people in the form of a 3 day emergency supply of dry groceries. They provided emergency clothing for 3,907 people, supplied 400 children with back to school supplies, and opened the Christmas Toy Store to 42 families where 147 children were served. These outreach methods are used to reach people and share the gospel of Christ with them. Through this, almost 150 people were led to Christ last year.
We are asking you, if your family is able, to please bring with you nonperishable food items to help stock the BHM food pantry. These items will be collected before and during all Alpine Village sessions. There will be a collection station in the lobby where you will enter the Village. If you wish instead to make a cash donation, all collections will be given directly to Brinkley Heights. While all canned goods are appreciated, the greatest need is for peanut butter, canned vegetables, and canned fruits. If your family is able, we ask that you consider donating to this desperate need within the Memphis community.