Food Ministry

The First Baptist Church of Islamorada: Have a Heart Ministry

The First Baptist Church of Islamorada (Have a Heart Ministry) began a wonderful service to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community in 2000. This small church of 12 full time members has been blessed by God to help those in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless or maybe have fallen on hard times just needing an extra meal to get through the week. As Christians it has been a wonderful experience to have a place to come and serve others who are in need. When the effort began, a business woman in our community with no ties to our church made anonymous donation of $10,000.00 to enable us to start the food bank. Pastor Darrell and his wife Marilyn along with Helen and Curtis Mobley and Cherie Krause drove to the food bank in Miami to get the food needed to begin. As they arrived at the Daily Bread food bank, a double rainbow appeared; this was a true sign that they were moving in the right direction to help the community of Islamorada. That first year, they provided sixteen thousand pounds of food or 8 tons of food to the community.

In 2009, Have a Heart Ministry food pantry provide food for 2,044 guests, we did not keep the records on individuals, family or family members separate that year, so I am sure that the numbers would be much higher than 2,044 guests.

* The name changed from Have Heart Ministry 2011 due to the insurance company requesting that the name should follow the name of the church, thus it was changed to The First Baptist Church of Islamorada Food Ministry.

The First Baptist Church of Islamorada, food pantry opens at 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Tuesday nights or by appointments if needed, to offer non-perishable food items for those who are in need of food during the week.

In addition, free haircuts are provided once a month from Waves by the Seas. Health Screenings and free Dental Care are also provided various times during the year.

We provide referral to various social services including social security services, food stamps, Monroe County Social Services, Legal Aid. Members and other community helpers have provided transportation to and from social security as well as minor medical help.

It is through God’s provision that over the last five years we have been able to provide hot meals to 25,054 and given away 26,455 bags of food to those that were in need.

We are a small church of 14 members that Love our Lord and are trying very hard to serve his people in need.