This Blog entry is from a very dear friend of mine, Ginger Klingler, who has worked along side Forever Fed since we started in August 2010. Ginger serves each month at the Kid’s Bible Club outreach and she graciously volunteered to share her perspective of volunteering.
Happy Faces at Kid’s Bible Club
Happy faces greet me when once a month I volunteer with Forever Fed to serve a meal to 4th and 5th grade boys at a weekly Bible Club. Their laughter and enthusiasm are contagious and it is something I look forward to doing each month.
Forever Fed was an idea I saw germinate in the heart of Susan Vanderheyden when, using her nursing skills, she came for three years to help take care of my husband who had advanced Parkinsons. She spoke about her involvement with the poor and disadvantaged in Canton and the need to do more to reach out to our struggling neighbors. I saw how in faith she stepped out to try to address our local need.
This month at the Bible Club a child eagerly offered to say thanks for the food. He prayed that they would like what was for dinner that night and then prayed for a friend’s lost dog, for safety for one of the boy’s grandmother who was coming to visit from Mexico and for a little cousin who had just had heart surgery. After the meal the young man who was the leader for that night asked if the children had any goals for the new year. Several hands flew up and they shared that they were going to read their Bible every day. Another child said he wanted to get deeper into the heart of Jesus! As I was driving home from the meeting I prayed for these beautiful children and thanked God for the blessing they are to my heart and what a priviledge it is to be a volunteer with Forever Fed.