The Bridge Church Pastor Patrick Ballington gives Tori Griffin and her daughter Reagan the keys to a vehicle the church donated to them. (Dean Dyer/WRWH News)
(Cleveland) – With only a few days left until Thanksgiving, members at The Bridge Church in Cleveland are giving thanks and sharing God’s blessings.
The church just wrapped up its Be-Rich campaign which encourages worshipers to share and help others through giving, service, and love.
“We have been labeled for what we are against, we need to show what we are for.”
The church dedicated Sunday’s service to share some of its riches and handed out $40,000 in donations to 15 different community organizations. Those organizations include Family Promise, Jericho House, Caring Hands Ministries, Catalyst Christian Learning Center, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, His Hands and Feet Ministries, Freedom Hill House, The Right Recovery, Sacred Roots Farm, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Cleveland Care Center, Backpack Buddies, and other school projects.
Additionally, The Bridge Church Pastor Patrick Ballington said they have donated $75,000 to 12 global ministry partners and people in need.
“We have been labeled for what we are against, we need to show what we are for,” Ballington told the church.
Ballington talked about other sharing projects the church has been involved with, like teaming up with the Torch Church in Demorest to pay off $1.5 million in medical debt for people in the area who were unable to pay. The churches paid off medical debts for people in White, Habersham, Lumpkin, and other northeast Georgia counties through the services of RIP Medical Debt Relief.
Through the generosity of its members, The Bridge Church was also able to give one of its new members a used vehicle. Tori Griffin needed a vehicle to get to work. Pastor Ballington presented the keys to her and her young daughter Reagan during the November 24 service.
Ballington said when they do special things like this and another need comes up in a few weeks he hesitates at first but then he brings it to the church.“When I do, they just go over the top,” he said. “It really does speak to the transformation God does in their hearts.”
By: Dean Dyer | WRWH News