Pastor lives to help his community on Thanksgiving
ORLANDO, Florida – With Thanksgiving hours away, many people in central Florida are helping families make sure they have food on the table.
A local pastor, however, does more.
Rosemarie Roth can be seen volunteering at seven churches in Central Florida each week. If you asked her why she is grateful for this Thanksgiving, she would tell you that she is happy to be able to help others.
Inside a food distribution site hosted by the End Time Sabbath Worship Center, Roth is like a magnet that draws people in. Everyone knows her, wants to hug her, wants to chat with her, and all she wants to do is find out what she can do for them.
âThere is a need, a human need,â said Christian Church pastor Silver Star as he helped a family choose zucchini. “If we can help someone lighten their load, yes.”
If anyone needs to be lightened up, it’s Roth. She walks with a 5 foot stick that is almost as tall as her. The pastor recently had hip replacement surgery, as well as work done on both of his shoulders.
âLift boxes and transport boxes,â said Roth, explaining what caused the injuries. “I have worn out my hip and both shoulders.”
It’s not just about distributing food to her community with which she helps. She also teaches children how to grow a garden at Silver Star Christian Church and offers her services at funerals and weddings. Its impact was felt throughout central Florida.
âI don’t want to count,â Roth said when asked how many people she has helped over the years. âIf I count, I might expect something in return, I don’t want to count. “
Not only is she helping families prepare a meal with food for the table this week, but at her Pine Hills church, she also donates body lotion to people who are homeless due to the cold.
It’s no surprise that Thanksgiving is her favorite day of the year.
âThis is my favorite vacation because, guess what? I can offer food, break bread, Jesus sat down with his disciples and broke bread, âRoth said.
For over 20 years, Roth has helped people in central Florida and has said no injury will stop him from fulfilling his life mission, which is simply to help as many people as possible.
So that Roth could do whatever she does, she partnered with other churches, including the End Time Sabbath Worship Center and the Human Crisis Center.