Ft. Wayne Churches Reaching “the Least of These”
Forty years ago, a homeless man walked into Broadway Christian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and told the church secretary that he was hungry. The only food she had was her own lunch, so she shared it with him. The next day, more hungry people came to the church. As church members became aware of the need, they began dropping off food and clothing at the church. This ultimately gave birth to a ministry called InAsMuch—the name taken from Matthew 25:35-40, in which Jesus says, “Inasmuch as you have done this to one of the least of these, you have done it to me.” InAsMuch has acted on Jesus’ words and reached out to the “least of these” in their community.
But Alyn Biddle, the benevolence minister and manager of InAsMuch, stresses that meeting physical needs is a smaller part of what they do. “Our greatest need as humans is one of spiritual poverty,” he says. “Jesus is the greatest gift we’ve been given to meet that need, so we verbally share the gospel and pray with each client in an effort to meet that need.”
“We don’t do this alone,” Biddle says. “Our church partners with 27 other churches. We call it ‘InAsMuch and the Family of Churches.’ It is a true partnership to reach people for Christ.”