Smoked bear, fried pheasant, elk meatballs, and fried alligator were just some of the food available on the menu at the Crossroad Christian Church’s annual wild game feed.
The feed began at Crossroads Christian Church with 105 in attendance and has been growing ever since. Four years ago, it outgrew the church and was moved to the Expo Building at the Macon County Fairgrounds. A ministry team of around 25 people gather together at the end of each year to begin planning, seeking donations and sponsors for the feed. This year, 363 guests and 137 workers gathered for the church’s 6th annual feed.
There were some who were regulars to the game feed while others were there for their first time. Vicki DeWeese of Macon has attended for three years with her boyfriend. She said the reason she attended was for “the variety and difference of food you can taste.” Her favorite fare was the fish and smoked turkey.
DeLisa Foster attended with her husband and baby. It was their first time to attend the game feed in Macon, although, they had attended one before in a different town. DeLisa said last time she had tried the alligator and bear jerky. She was looking forward to trying something different this time.
“It’s a community outreach program," said Kyle Cullifer an elder of the church and game feed ministry leader. "It's a way to expose people to the Gospel and to the church. The purpose is to promote God’s kingdom, promote the church, and minister to God’s people. We love you and want to fellowship with you.”
Cullifer said there are several opportunities for people of the church to serve at the feed. Some opportunities include cooking, parking cars, greeting people at the doors, doing the dishes and taking out the trash. Aside from eating, drawings for prizes are held each year, and a guest speaker is hired for the event. According to Cullifer, each guest speaker is chosen for their ability to entertain as well as bring an evangelistic message to allow people to hear about Jesus.
This year’s guest speaker was Dan Meers, the mascot for the Kansas City Cheifs. Meers is in his 23rd season as the Chief’s mascot. “I love what I do," said Meers. "I get paid to act goofy. But, the joy in my life does not come from being the mascot for the Kansas City Chief. My joy comes from my relationship to the Lord.”
He said the world cares about looks and money, but none of these things are important to God. He told the audience that the three main ways to impact your world are: be real authentic with people, be focused and be involved