Twin Lakes Church of Aptos this year had a big goal. Their fall drive “2020 Vision” included building a community center for an Indian orphanage, a local children’s ministry center, and raising 1,000,000 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.
And this past weekend the church celebrated the achievement of all those objectives. Their generous monetary donation, when added to the 10,205 pounds of food donated by the congregation, will provide 1,000,000 healthy meals to people in need throughout Santa Cruz County.
“Many of our neighbors have been unable to escape the combined negative impact of little or no work and increased expenses,” said Second Harvest’s Executive Director, Willy Elliott-McCrea. “We are committed to providing healthy, nourishing food during these trying times and we can only do it with support from community leaders like Twin Lakes Church.”
According to senior pastor René Schlaepfer, “This is the biggest goal we’ve ever had as a church. All three projects together added up to over $10 million dollars in pledges that we were hoping and praying for. I honestly did not know if we would be able to do it, but we all thought this was a worthy goal.” For seven weeks, the church held a pledge drive. Members donated and pledged funds totaling $10,380,000, which enabled the church to proceed with all three projects.
The community service center at Little Flock Children’s Home near Chennai, India, will include a medical clinic, library, vocational training classrooms, and more, and will be completely funded by the church. Twin Lakes will also send teams to help staff the clinic. The children’s ministry center planned for the church campus in Aptos will include classrooms for the church grade school and assembly rooms for the weekend children’s classes as well.
“We are amazed and grateful for the continued generosity of the Twin Lakes congregation,” added Elliott-McCrea. “All food and donations raised during the Holiday Food Drive go directly to our network of 200 agencies and programs solely for the purpose of feeding people throughout the difficult winter months.”