While business closures have presented challenges to many people during this time, it has opened opportunities to serve those in need. Paul Cole, a Fort Wayne, Indiana, native and member of Crossview Church, worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, and he has stepped into the current crisis to provide food for the people around him.

Paul enjoys cooking for his neighbors and co-workers, so when the quarantine was imposed, Paul found new ways to feed more people in his apartment complex. Soon, the 17 people in his connection group at Crossview Church in Grabill joined him with food donations and prayer. One group member, Yogi Picklesimer, has helped Paul by shopping for supplies, preparing food, and delivering it. Since the quarantine began, Paul has served 525 meals.

Even though Paul enjoys cooking and serving people, he enjoys the conversations about God that come up around his apartment complex more, and he has given away several Christian books. Along with food, Paul desires to bring hope to people. Each delivery box is imprinted with Romans 8:38-39 along with, “Listen to “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson.” He says, “It’s just a little something that I can do, give some food and spread some light in a dark time.”