Ten years ago, when God gave our founder the vision for Meet The Need during a drive from Jacksonville back to his home in Atlanta, he envisioned churches and ministries in a large city connected, providing help and hope to the needy and lost. He imagined church members able to find opportunities to serve the community in whatever ways God had gifted them. He pictured pastors and church staff members able to provide a “window” to the outside world – a portal through which members could be mobilized to vastly increase the Church’s impact in the community. God showed him that it was possible to unite the Body of Christ, to empower them to join forces by leveraging a common platform to demonstrate God’s love to a hurting world.
It has been a long road, but we’re blessed and excited to see that the vision has now been realized!
Over a roughly 40 mile expanse from Clearwater to Lakeland, many churches and nearly all ministries are now part of a single giving network. Through Meet The Need, churches now show their members chances to volunteer at their local ministry partners and opportunities to give used items to families who need those exact same items. Ministries now display their volunteer, resource and family needs on their own web sites, and those same needs appear on many local church sites. Needy families who used to walk from church to church asking for help, are routed back to a “home” church because local churches are now on a common benevolence system. Needs that would never have even been seen within the “4 walls” of churches are now being met by those willing and able to help. And church members are provided more chances to share not only their time and belongings, but also their faith, with those in need.