COVENTRY TWP.: The Rev. Robert Moses descended from his church rooftop on Saturday with a message of God’s goodness.
“Putting it simply, I can say that God is amazing,” said Moses, pastor of Eagle Ministries Chapel. “He has moved in the hearts of people and they have come to do what they can to help those in need.”
Last Sunday, Moses climbed the roof of his church at 830 Rood Drive, vowing to stay there for six days or until $2,000 and 2,000 pounds of food were collected for the church food pantry.
On Saturday afternoon, he came down, after surpassing the goal by at least 50 percent — $3,000 in monetary donations and at least 3,000 pounds of food. The exact amount of food won’t be known until it is weighed on Monday.
Moses said God put it on his heart to camp out on the roof as a way of drawing attention to the increasing number of people who need help putting food on their tables. The small church, which attracts about 25 people to its 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service, began distributing food to 20 families about two years ago. That number has increased to 80 families, which represent about 400 people.
“The people we serve are always grateful for what they receive,” said Pat Moses, wife of the pastor and the coordinator of the church food pantry. “One of the blessings we have seen this week is that a number of people who we have helped in the past returned with donations.”
Eagle Ministries reached its $2,000 goal on the first day — thanks to a local businessman who stopped by with a $1,000 check. Right after the man left, a lady stopped and gave a dollar.
“It reminded me of the story of the widow’s mite. Certainly, the big donation was a big boost and very much appreciated. But that dollar donation meant just as much – she gave all that she had,” Moses said.
“There are so many neat stories from being on that roof. We met so many people this week who we might not have met otherwise. Even if we wouldn’t have reached our goal, the friends we made would have made this a success.”
On Thursday, a husband and wife stopped by the church and shared that they would match the donations collected by the church.
“It’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s been breathtaking to see the outpouring from the community: we had a motorcycle club stop by and bring food, a father who brought his children so that I could explain to them what I was doing, people who live in this neighborhood have come over to give us support,” Moses said. “Some people said I was crazy for camping out on the roof and I said I’m crazy for the Lord and was only doing what I felt him asking me to do.
“Even though I’ve come down from the roof, I know this won’t be the end of it because we have raised awareness that there is a need in our community and that we have the power to meet that need,” Moses said.
“I take credit for nothing. All I did was sit up there. The Lord did it all by moving in the hearts of all the people who gave. For that, we say thank you.”
For more information about Eagle Ministries Chapel or its food pantry, call 330-753-5700.
Colette Jenkins can be reached at 330-996-3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org