In March of 2007, Trinity Baptist Church called Dan Reynolds to be their pastor, with the intention of starting a new church that had community outreach as its mission. For many years, Trinity had been a strong church, but as much of Lubbock grew toward the southwest of the city, the congregation had dwindled to approximately 23 members. 21 of those members were elderly; two of them were college students.
The new pastor and his small congregation asked Bacon Heights Baptist Church to assist in their mission. Four families from BHBC agreed to join the Trinity group.
As one looks back on these early days of Lubbock Impact, the guidance of the Lord was strong. Even though Trinity Baptist was dwindling, the small congregation had recently redone its kitchen. It was easy to see that a soup kitchen should be the starting point for a community outreach. And those two college students that were going to church with all the elderly? They married and became the first leaders in the children’s program that took place immediately after the meal.
In October of 2007, the first soup kitchen opened. Actually, the LI group had a ‘practice night’ one week where family and friends were invited and a meal featuring BBQ sandwiches was served. The next week, the first official soup kitchen was opened. Approximately 50 people attended that night. Today, an average of 270-300 are fed each Wednesday evening.
What started as a soup kitchen has now grown to 13 ministries. Each ministry has a unique beginning where a volunteer or interested person(s) had an idea of how to help those less fortunate or who had fallen on hard times. The hygiene closet began as one volunteer wanted to supply shampoo and sleeping bags to the homeless that she took sandwiches to each week at the library; today the hygiene closet is completely full of needed items and oversees a Christmas hygiene bag gift for over 400 people. The med clinic started as the pastor chatted with his doctor about ‘doing something’ at Lubbock Impact; today the TTU Free Clinic is one of the finest in the nation of similar clinics. All of the ministries at Lubbock Impact are free and help clients in the areas of food, clothing, medical/dental and spiritual needs.
In addition to helping the underprivileged of the community, Lubbock Impact is dedicated to breaking the bonds of generational poverty in the children. This is what motivates the leaders of the ministry. Knowing that consistent biblical teaching, loving friendship and guidance, and partnering with the families of our children and youth will make a difference, what those two young college students began in 2007 with a children’s ministry has now become a one-on-one mentor program.
In 2017, at the mark of the 10 year anniversary of Lubbock Impact, more than 98,000 meals have been prepared in the soup kitchen, almost 11,000 clients have been seen at the med clinic, and countless hearts have been touched in a loving, helping way through one or more of our ministries.
The Family Kitchens opens in October 2007.
The Family Clothes Closet opens October 2007.
The Lubbock Impact/TTUHSC Free Clinic opens
The Free Dental Clinic opens
2013 Emergency Food Pantry – Approximately 2500 individuals per year receive groceries and hygiene products. The Food Pantry work alongside the Food Voucher program that was at Trinity Baptist even before Lubbock Impact began.
Children’s/Youth Mentor Program – The children’s program has changed many times over the course of the last decade. In 2013 a one-on-one mentor program was started and then it was revamped in 2016. The youth and children delight in the quality, one-on-one time they have with their mentor’s. A big family rally with children/youth, mentors and parents is held twice a semester.
Women’s Bible Study Class – UNPACK ministries joined the Lubbock Impact campus 2015. Women from all different walks of life gather each week for this bible study.