Thanksgiving began as a tradition of giving thanks for the many blessings God has given us, especially celebrating bountiful harvests. The holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at the ministry Thursday, November 22, 2018. The residents of John 3:16 met for cereal and a bible study at 8am. The bible study focused on how thankful we should be that God pulled us out of that miserable pit of destruction and helped us build a foundation that we could securely walk on. “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord,” Psalm 40:2-3. After Bryan’s message, 3 residents from each table stood up and professed what they were thankful for. After bible study the residents and instructors fellowshipped with one another until it was time to chow down. The men played ping pong, went fishing, had a pool tournament, and passed around the pigskin.
The men met at the kitchen at noon to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Before the meal began, we experienced some entertainment. Bryan gathered up the biggest guys at the ministry and together they picked up the 7’1” tall Thomas Lott, then Arvin climbed up for a photo op. The instructors served the residents. The meal included smoked honey ham, smoked turkey, Boston pork butt, green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes, and chicken and dressing. There was enough food that those who wanted could enjoy 2nd’s and even 3rd’s. After that, the men enjoyed a various selection of desserts. These included blackberry and peach cobbler, pecan pie, and vanilla ice cream which were served by the director himself, Bryan Tuggle.
Thanksgiving is all about family. The men of the ministry could be seen all day with smiles on their faces, enjoying the fellowshipping and of course the delicious and abundant food. Many of the men ended the day reflecting on the many blessings Jesus Christ has given them ever since they gave it all up to Him.
“Although we were away from our families, we had the opportunity to fellowship with all of our brothers at John 3:16. We are thankful to worship a God full of grace and restoration power. We are blessed by all the love he bestows upon us and our loved ones,” said Todd Kramer.