At 4:30 yesterday afternoon my phone started ringing. It was raining in Canton, one person said “It was like a typhoon!” Everyone wanted to know, what our reschedule date was. To their great surprise, there wasn’t one, because we were not going to cancel. Our foods were cooked, ice already purchased, and as far as I was concerned, we were 100% committed regardless of the weather. I kind of chuckled because each of those conversations ended the same way, with a doubtful “Are you sure?” followed by the sing-song statement of “Well OK”. I’m certain they thought I was nuts.
Long story short, the weather really was terrible! By the time we reached Canton the rain had dissipated and the damages were being revealed. Several streets were closed, everyone’s power was out, huge trees were down, a building roof was blown off, tree limbs and leaves were everywhere. I was beginning to think we were going to do “disaster relief” instead of a Block Party. When we finally made it to our location (about 30 minutes later than I had planned) the storm had blown over.
As it turns out, our first event went off without a hitch! Volunteers arrived, guests arrived, all of our equipment worked, and the power even came back on so we could run our snow cone machine! (By the way, I think if you could put Jesus in a snow cone every kid would have been a believer last night! LOL) We fed about 85 people from the neighborhood both children as well as adults, and I honestly think everyone had a great time. Some of my “Homeless Neighbors” even joined us for a meal and we hugged and smiled and broke bread together. There were many families that took some leftovers home and they were very thankful for the food. As a few of those moms walked away carrying bags of food I knew that we had met a need and I thanked God for letting Forever Fed be a part of His plan.
After having done ministry for a few years now, I know that I know there are two crucial ingredients to a successful event. First, the event leader has to “Know in their heart” this event was meant to happen because when the time of the event draws near you have to step up and lead in a convincing way. Secondly, I believe 90% of ministry is just showing up and letting God do His work.
When you minister to others you have to shake off all of your doubts, stand your ground, deny a bit of “logical thinking”, and just do it. It’s that easy. If Jesus could teach a lesson in a storm then so can we!
Now that we have one outreach event under our belts we are already excited about the next one! We’re hoping you’ll choose to join us and support our mission and ministry through your prayers, your gifts, and/or your service. The blessing lies in the “showing up”!