On May 15th, BASICS was privileged to sponsor a cookout for all three shifts of the Milwaukee Police District 2 officers with the help of His Banquet Ministries and their “One Way Out of the Pit BBQ”. Besides the delicious food, personalized thank you cards were given to each officer.
The event was well received by the officers. It was unique because we were able to serve all the shifts over a 24 hour period. This allowed them an opportunity to be served while on duty in a safe and friendly environment and to enjoy some fellowship with their fellow officers, something they rarely enjoy due to the nature of the job. This is especially important in light of the increasingly serious threats to their safety as they perform their duties.
Each officer was also presented with an envelope containing several thank you cards hand made by various youth and adult organizations. The officers were extremely thankful and appreciative because this came from the public. The Police Supervisors stated that this was a huge morale booster for the men and women who are under increasing scrutiny by the media and public.
John Stephan of His Banquet Ministries was there and was very blessed by the event. Many of the officers asked him about the name "One Way Out of the Pit" and why he does what he does with his ministry which allowed him to share about the importance of being a light in a dark world.
It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to encourage these faithful men and women who serve so sacrificially!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Some of the handmade cards given to the officers