We'd like to introduce you to the Cowan family. They serve Common Heart & the Common Cupboard to demonstrate God's love.
Jody and Julie Cowan became food pantry delivery drivers more than a year ago to demonstrate God's love in front of their children.Now the youngsters – they have a 2-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son – enjoy helping mom and dad carry groceries to their regular monthly neighbors in need.
“If we write a check, (our children) don't know what we're doing. We want our children to know, especially our 4-year-old son, that life isn't always what he experiences,” Julie said. “That God really wants us to share what we've been given.”
The Cowans learned about Common Heart from a friend at their church, Providence City Church, and had helped with food drives and the annual turkey countdown. But delivering food once a month to the same friends in the same trailer park has meant much more, Julie said.
“The longer we've been going, the more we've found out about them. We hear about their children or grandchildren and some of their struggles,” she said, adding they recently visited one of their friends in the hospital after surgery. “It's been good to kind of get to know them. At home, we try to pray for them and my son knows (our Common Heart friends) by name.”
If you're not familiar with Common Heart, Julie wants you to know:
“They're making a difference and building relationships – it's more than just giving hand outs,” she said.