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Open doors: Breaking down barriers

Faison United Methodist Church saw an opportunity to address food insecurity over the summer in their community. Jabe Largen, minister at Faison, believes if children worry about food, they will be a step behind when school starts. The Abundance program helps to eliminate that worry and has brought together two congregations in his town.

“The things that we talk about in the sanctuary and the things we talk about in the classroom — there should be some evidence of those things actually being lived out in our lives.”

Learn more about their story below and check out the full series, Faith in Focus, here. We will continue to look for stories at the intersection of faith and education and would love for you to follow us on twitter @EdNC_Faith.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Caroline Parker

Caroline Parker is the director of rural storytelling and strategy for EducationNC. She covers the stories of rural North Carolina, the arts, STEM education and nutrition.