Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc., a community-based street ministry, recently ended its 2013 cookout season at Austin Park in Batavia. Free cookouts were held every Thursday night from May 16th until September 19th. All together, there were 18 cookouts with 4,936 free meals served during the summer. These meals, funded by the generous donations of the supporters of Care-A-Van Ministries, helped feed many children, families, and individuals.
Each week a different Pastor from a local church delivered an inspirational and encouraging message of hope and salvation from the Word of God. These messages were a blessing to those attending. Many received prayer and spiritual support from representatives of The Salvation Army, Discovery Chapel, Living Waters Apostolic Ministry, and Eagle Fountain Fellowship, who were always available to pray with those in need.
Also in attendance were Ride2Recovery Ministries, the Mental Health Association, GCASA , Truth Ministries, and Fidelis Care. The YMCA generously provided a bounce house at the cookouts.
The Care-A-Van Band, composed of community members and members from a variety of church worship teams, performed classic and contemporary worship songs and melodies. Many cookouts were also blessed to have local worship teams and musicians stop by and lend their musical talents to the events.
Volunteers from different churches and individuals from the community supported the cookouts by providing invaluable manpower to staff the food tables and grills. They also assisted in the setup and tear down at these events.
The ministry wishes to thank the City Council and City Manager Jay Molino for supporting our cookouts at Austin Park and the work of the ministry in the community as a whole. We would also like to thank the City of Batavia Fire Department whose firefighters were always friendly and helpful during their weekly inspections; the City of Batavia Police Department officers whose professional attitude is a testament to their department; and the City of Batavia Building and Grounds department who always ensured that the pavilion, bathrooms, and gates were ready for our use.
Together we can make a difference in our City! We look forward to the 2014 cookout season and hope that everyone had an opportunity to stop by this summer.
Care-A-Van Ministries will continue to be out in the community during the winter, visiting different neighborhoods of Batavia with our bus ministry every Thursday night ; on Saturday mornings with our prayer, food, and clothing distributions; and Monday through Thursday mornings with our bus prayer and encouragement ministry.
For more information on Care-A-Van Ministries, please visit our website at www.cavministries.org or visit us on Facebook.