While one of the dreams of our church is to offer a food pantry on site at our future permanent location, we recently launched a different kind of pantry that meets a huge need.
A Computer Pantry.
There is something called the “Digital Divide” that exists in America. Where individuals and families who can’t afford to own a personal computer are being left behind in our increasingly competitive job market and schools. Kids as young as 1st grade are given electronic homework and expected to have access to a computer and the internet. Some families are blessed to have these things, but what about kids who don’t have a computer at home? And when kids graduate and enter the job market, it gets worse. Did you know that more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies require online job applications, and some companies don’t even allow potential employees to apply in person?
Thankfully, the volunteers at our church are doing something about closing this Digital Divide. And we think it’s safe to say that Jesus is cheering us on.
After all Jesus said, “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40). In the context of that passage Jesus is talking about clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, etc. But in the original Greek, “whatever” means “whatever.” :) So in 21st century terms what Jesus said in Matthew 25 can be expanded to include giving a refurbished computer to the “least of these.”
That’s where you come into play.
If you have an old computer please consider donating it to Computer Pantry. (You can even get a tax deduction for doing this!). Others of you may want to be on the receiving end of this ministry. Still others may want to simply connect with this ministry to help out. If any of those 3 options describes you, contact Alan Lubnow: firstname.lastname@example.org