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“Excuse me,” said the young father, standing awkwardly at the open church door. “I’m here to pick up an Easter basket for my daughter. Am I in the right place? Here’s my ticket.” “Well, we have baskets, but they’re not Easter baskets for kids; they’re food baskets,” Harry explained.
That morning Harry arrived early at his church in Carmichael, California. He was helping distribute the baskets to needy families for Easter. To make sure everyone was taken care of, the church had handed out numbers to the recipients that matched the basket they were supposed to receive. Each one contained a full dinner; a whole ham, potatoes, bread, vegetables, a pie, and enough food to help feed a family for a week.
Harry felt bad, but there was nothing he could do. There were no Easter baskets for the children. He asked the man to come inside. The man handed Harry his number. Harry walked over where the baskets were waiting for pick up. A bulge in one of the baskets caught Harry’s eye. Leaning in and looking more closely, Harry could see, unmistakably, an Easter basket that was filled with an assortment of candy and Easter eggs, wrapped with ribbons and tucked inside with the food.
When Harry looked at the man’s number it matched the number of the basket that had the candy. Harry showed the number to the man and said, “Someone knew just what you needed.” The father was elated. He would be able to surprise his daughter with a wonderful Easter basket.
God knew just what we needed, didn’t He? We needed a Savior. Jesus came and showed us a perfect picture of the Father. Then He gave His life on the cross for our sin. But that wasn’t the end of the story. The surprise came on that Resurrection morning. He rose.
Thank you so much for helping us tell our children about the risen Lord Jesus. Yes, you help us provide them with food, clothing, and a loving home. You make it possible for them to have good medical care, school supplies, and more. But you also help us share the Good News of the Gospel that can change their lives forever.
As you celebrate Easter with your family and your church family, remember that you are also an important part of our family here at LBCH. Thank you again for helping us provide love, care, and hope in Christ at your Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home.
Perry Hancock, PhD
President and CEO