It’s Spring Break in Cherokee County and the weather provided us a beautiful setting for our first day of Spring Break Blitz.
During the Winter Break Blitz in February we had a difficult time getting the kids to come out of their homes to play games with the Children’s Ministry crew from Hillside Church but that certainly wasn’t the case today!!!
Jamey Pricket, Pastor of Liberty Hill Church in Canton, drove the MAC truck into the apartment complex and a few of the kids actually met him right in the parking lot with “when do the games start!” It was truly heart warming.
Not long after that, one of the older boys came to me and asked when we served the food. As much as I wanted to give him his meals right then I had to ask him to wait until 12 noon for the lunch distribution so that everyone could be served at once. But I believe that through that young man, God is showing us that we are truly providing meals to His children in need.
During the last break the children were shy about coming and getting the sack lunches we provided but this time a few of the Northwood’s kids actually wanted to assist us with placing the fresh fruit and sandwiches in the bags. It was so very heart warming. One of our “resident helpers” was a young boy who has been very distant and withdrawn in the past. However today he was very exuberant and friendly and even said, “Now this is the kind of volunteering I like to do!” as he was placing bananas in the bags.
Watching a relationship grow is so very rewarding. Forever Fed has served meals to this community 17 times since September of 2010. It’s often difficult to know if the seeds you’ve sown ever take hold and begin to grow. In fact, many ministries sow seed of faith for years and never get to see the fruit of thier labors.
I am so thankful today for God’s huge gift of allowing me to see that the seeds of faith we are sowing are not only growing, they are actually bearing fruit. One shy withdrawn child is not only learning to trust us, he’s learning to give back to his own community and doing so with joy.
Forever Fed is not just about food, it’s about being the hands and feet of Christ while showing unconditional love. As we gain the trust of the people we serve by consistently showing up and delivering on promises we’ve made, we are restoring hope to the hopeless and showing God’s children in need they are greatly loved.
I am so very honored to serve alongside so many others who are like minded and hearted! We had an army of folks assisting us today in making the 200 sandwiches needed to fill 100+ lunch bags with meals for this community.
It’s days like this that give new meaning to the phrase “It’s a beautiful day!”
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”