WARREN, Pa. (Erie News Now) – An empty trailer, an empty garage but three full hearts fill the home of Pastor Jon Swart in Warren.
The interim pastor at Mission covenant Church in Sugar Grove says as he watched ENN’s special reports on Monday, he knew he had to do his part to help suffering people fleeing their homeland.”
“I sat in our living room, and I was amazed at the outpouring of love in the Erie community and surrounding areas,” he said. “So our hope was to somehow get connected to that.“
Quickly, he developed a plan to open his garage as a collection site.
Then he waited for his wife Nettie to approve the idea.
“I came home from a garden club meeting, and he said, ‘Nettie, we’ve got to do something about Ukraine,'” she said. “And I’ve learned after 46 years of marriage, OK. OK, and where will this take us?”
Just two days later, Swart’s plan is in motion. His garage is ready, and a member of his church donated a trailer to fill with supplies and haul to Erie.
“We welcome people to drop off things here,” he said. “Day or night, we’re here, and we would welcome them.“
Nettie Swart says if they collect even a few items or donations, the effort is a success, but she’s confident in her community, saying a small group of people can accomplish almost anything.
“A lot of good it can do, because I’ve watched it over the years,” she said. “A little drop in a lake of water soon becomes ripples.“
Pastor Swart agrees, saying a faith-filled community will soon lead to a garage filled with supplies for dozens of people who need his help.
“Scripture says that faith without works is dead,” he said. “So we can have all the faith in the world, but unless we do something with it, it’s dead.”
If you’d like to help, Pastor Swart lives at 15 Hill Street in Warren, and you can donate there.
You can also call him at 814-757-5716.