The Impact Indianapolis 2002

By , August 2, 2002
Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN

When the General Assembly convenes on August 5 – 10, 2002, the Church of God will be making an eternal impact on the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. John D. Nichols, President of Operation Compassion and International Executive Director of Church of God Care Ministries, has put into motion a series of events designed to demonstrate care and concern for the needs of the people of Indianapolis by making a lasting impact through three major events.

Operation Compassion will be shipping two semi trucks with educational books, supplemental workbooks, assorted school and office supplies for underprivileged children and for schools with limited resources. The Indianapolis Public Schools, with an enrollment of over 41,000 students and a graduation rate of 68%, is partnering in this unprecedented effort by opening their warehouses to receive, sort and distribute these supplies for impoverished children and needy schools.

On Wednesday evening, Operation Compassion and the Indianapolis Police Department will partner to host a block party for inner city children. Jimmy Jones, Director of Christ Central Ministries will be leading this event that will include seven inflatable rides and ten tents full of toys and games. Two semi trucks of food, a variety of candy, chips and toys will be given to every child in attendance. A unique gospel presentation, suitable for children and adults, will be presented before the evening concludes. This night promises to be full of fun and excitement for the 28% of all children living in inner city poverty!

Operation Compassion has pulled all the stops for the final event of the week. Two semi trucks loaded with one thousand five hundred fifty pound food boxes will be delivered to the city of Indianapolis for distribution to local Church of God food pantries. Everyday in Indianapolis 738,000 people do not have regular meals, 55.5% of the city’s children live in single parent families and 25% of all families live below the poverty level. These food boxes will fill local Church of God food pantries for distribution to these families in their communities weeks after the General Assembly has adjourned.

Because of the vision and commitment of Operation Compassion to lift people from their current state of poverty and a desire to redeem them to God, the 69th General Assembly will not be business as usual. This General Assembly will continue the dynamic spirit of partnership and cooperation that Dr John Nichols began the last time the General Assembly was held in Indianapolis when thousands of senior adults living below the poverty level were given a box of food. Only time and eternity will reveal the impact on the physical and spiritual lives of men, women and children residing in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana!

Tim Burdashaw

Anyone interested in donating finances or products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President

114 Stuart Road, NE
Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 – Office
423.596.4200 – Fax

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