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LISTEN: Police ‘Steak Out’ Draws Hundreds, Community Shows Appreciation

Sunday, June 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (K-LOVE News – Tim Luttrell) - Thanks to Hollywood, we think of a stakeout as just a couple of detectives with binoculars sitting in a car. There was a police 'steak out' recently where hundreds of officers showed up

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The officers didn’t show up to catch bad guys, they showed up because someone wanted to thank them for doing good. Christians in the Springfield-area teamed up to treat local officers to all-you-can-eat steak and pulled pork, complete with sides and dessert.  The meal was served at Central Assembly of God in Springfield and provided by U.S. Missions, Southern Missouri District and the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Department. Chaplain Manuel Cordero tells PE News, “we wanted to show the love of Christ to these public servants.”

They did that big time. In addition to the meal, as each officer arrived they received a special law enforcement appreciation coin and were offered a free Bible. Prizes were awarded as well throughout the afternoon. Two-hundred officers from more than twenty Missouri counties came in to grab a plate, six different police agencies were represented. The event ran for six hours, which made it possible for officers on several different shifts to enjoy the free steak dinner.

Highway Patrol Officer Sally Talk said its “nice to know your community supports law enforcement. You don’t always know that.” And it truly was the community doing just that, much of the food used to bless the officers was donated as a way to show appreciation. Springfield Police Officer Jonna Welch said events like the Steak Out help remind her and the other officers that the community really does support them. Chaplain Cordero said they hope news of the officer appreciation meal gets out, and that it inspires other ministries to do something similar for the police officers in their community.

 

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