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By Carissa Sitki
Got Faith Ministry held their annual Jersey County’s Got Faith weekend event, May 5 through 8, during which a number of area businesses provided discounts to any shopper who showed up in a Got Faith t-shirt.
“It’s basically a walking coupon,” said Got Faith founder Steve Pegram said. “We encourage people to take the money they saved and donate it to a local church, even if they don’t belong to a church.”
Saturday, May 7, was a special day for the ministry, as they set up tents in front of the Jerseyville Wal-Mart and provided free lunches of hotdogs and chips. They were also distributing Got Faith t-shirts in an array of colors, featuring the ministry’s logo above the words, “Feed And Inspire The Hungry.”
The event on Saturday was supposed to have a band and DJ, as well as more tents, but a series of obstacles shrunk the affair. In spite of the day’s adversity, which included van trouble, last-minute cancellations, and less room outside of the retailer than the ministry expected, Pegram explained how God came through to make the day a success.
“An anonymous donor came by and gave us a donation of $1,000,” said Steve. “God is so good.”
The generosity didn’t stop there, as people walked by donating money and time to Got Faith.
Got Faith made a post on Facebook, asking if there were any local musicians interested in coming out to play music for the event. The post reached 9-year-old Ava Lambert’s parents who brought her and her ukulele to the event. She sang songs of praise and strummed chords for several hours.
“We’re so thankful that Ava came out,” said Pegram. “It was a great opportunity for her too.”
Pegram’s wife, Sheryl, who was also busy coordinating Saturday’s activities, said that she was moved by the generosity of their supporters.
“There are a lot of great folks in Jersey County who make this ministry possible,” said Sheryl. “And God is so good, he’s motivating hearts to do wonderful things.”
In addition to the weekend’s happenings, Got Faith received 11 cases of candy donated to them.
In reference to the candy donation, Pegram said, “Now we’re all ready for music in the park this summer.”
Additionally, on Sunday, Got Faith received a truckload of food from FEED MY PEEPS, a charitable organization that serves St. Louis and the surrounding areas, blessing them with food donations. The shipment consisted of meat, fruit, vegetables, and a number of other items, including bouquets of flowers, to fill the Diane Stumpe Food Pantry at the Got Faith building. Pegram noted that whenever food goes bad, or expires, the ministry donates it to local hog farmers to feed livestock.
Pegram again thanked God for the work he has made possible in the community.
“God has blessed us, you know,” said Pegram. “I’ve let God down so many times, but He has never let me down, not once.”
Got Faith’s new building is located at 508 West Pine Street in Jerseyville. More information regarding events, and resources available, can be found on their Facebook page, facebook.com/gotfaith.jerseycounty.