congregation gave out 20,000 pounds of food in October, and plan to keep giving.
Then, as minister at a small Portsmouth church, Jeffers
was able to add a pair of mittens and a scarf to each food donation.
advertisementCareerbuilderadvertisement"After that, we started doing it on a monthly basis," said Jeffers, now pastor of Carrollton Church of God.
"A man came up to her
and asked for a second meal one day, and when she
gave it to him, he
a kiss on the cheek," Allen Jeffers
said."When my wife looked up to see him off, he
disappeared before her
eyes.That was the Lord thanking her
for what we were doing."Roger L. Collins, Jeffers' friend and also the son of the late Benny R. Collins, the former pastor of Carrollton Church of God, said Jeffers is the kind of person who can be called any time of day or night for help.
church members decided several years ago to help people in Isle of Wight County, but they had no idea how much help they'd eventually provide.
"We thought because it was a rural area, we wouldn't find anybody that had a need," Jeffers
said."We started out feeding a couple of elderly we knew.Then, we went to the Covenant Place to help seniors in Smithfield.Most of them live on fixed incomes."
At that time, the Carrollton Church of God
stored food in one of its Sunday school rooms.But as word got around about the church's help, Jeffers
said the church had to create a full-fledged pantry storage room.
...Carrollton Church of God
, with a congregation of about 30, gave out 20,000 pounds of food in October, Jeffers
"I never thought we'd get that far," he
said."It's a cross between being overwhelmed and in awe.We have so many people coming in, and we have many volunteers.God has blessed our food gathering abilities and has blessed our volunteers immensely."
Another volunteer in the county, Tom Finderson with the Isle of Wight County Christian Outreach, has worked with Jeffers
A native of New York, Jeffers
grew up in Chesapeake.His
family didn't always have enough to eat, but they managed.He never forgot his experiences - the things he saw and heard - and when God called him to become a minister, he answered, he said.
"It was a wrestle," Jeffers
said."When I felt God call me to the ministry, I felt he
made a mistake.Whenever he
calls you into something, though, you have to follow."Jeffers began in 1993 at Christ's Chapel Church of God in Portsmouth.
This church merged in 1996 with the Carrollton Church of God
, where Jeffers
served as assistant pastor until 1999, when he
succeeded Collins as pastor.
"An accident or health problem could put anyone behind," Jeffers