ELIDA — A non-denominational Christian experience called Converge was held over the last couple of days in the Elida Fieldhouse.
More than 600 young people and another 200 adults were part of the religious conference.
As part of the event, participants held a food giveaway at several locations in Lima as part of what is called Operation Love Lima.
“Operation Love Lima is our mission to help students go into the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus. They’re out there, they’re getting face to face with everyday people that are just in need, giving away 25 to 30-pound boxes of food, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, soups, snacks, just to really show the love of Christ,” said Elizabeth Monfort co-administrator for Love Lima.
Over the course of Saturday, Operation Love Lima saw the distribution of almost 2,300 boxes of food. That’s 60,000 pounds.
“We raised some through a canned food drive. The Western Ohio Food Bank was an excellent partner, allowing us to buy food at low cost, and we would not be here today without the help of Spartan Nash. They were absolutely instrumental in getting us the rest of the food that we needed for the outreach, kind of last minute, so we’re so thankful for them. It was definitely a miracle,” said Monfort.
So what is Converge all about?
“For students, the Converge experience is learning about their purpose. They’re accepted by God, he loves them regardless of mistakes that they’ve made and now, hopefully, this helps them see that their life has meaning and value It’s a lot of fun too. It’s not all serious,” she said.
Meghan Braun, a Van Wert High School student helped distribute food at the Soup Kitchen. So what has she gained from attending Converge?
“Being open to new experiences and just kind of embracing the environment I’m in and help out as much as possible and try to bring God into it and what he’s taught us so we could teach other people. I think it’s a great opportunity for us as high schoolers to get a little bit more involved in the environment, just to see not what we live our daily lives but what else there is to experience and learn,” Braun said.
To close things out, Saturday night, there was a concert with Christian singer Danny Gokey.
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