When we were children our parents taught us to avoid and even flee from strangers, a very basic lesson every child needs to learn. That learning stays with us forever. When we are grown we learn to remain watchful of where we are and to be conscious of the activities around in order to remain safe. But what if for just one day we chose to seek out a stranger? What if one day we said, “Today, I’ll engage others I meet with a conversation of kindness, even if they are … [Read more...] about What If?
In 1990 I started one of the best jobs I’ve ever held in the Operating Room of Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. I had 3 years experience as a circulating nurse and was very excited to be a part of a prestigious operating room. On the third day I reported to work my preceptor greeted me with, “Susan, today you’re going to be a scrub nurse!” I just smiled and said, “Great! Let’s go!” but inside my stomach was churning and my heart was racing. It was … [Read more...] about Expanding Your Horizons
I cared for a man with Parkinson’s Disease for three years, he was a true man of God. We read his favorite Bible Story “David and Goliath” countless times while we were together in fact it was the last thing I read to him before he passed. As I returned to the story for the hundredth time this morning the words just jumped off the page to show me a pattern in David’s life. Proof that God’s word is living and active and never returns void. (OR--I guess this … [Read more...] about Slaying the Giant by God’s Example
Facing the Boredom of Poverty As I am driving to the Monday Outreach I participate in each week in Canton I’m becoming more aware of the familiar faces and families congregating along the street. I see a familiar young mom on the side of the road by her stroller and she’s wearing that “I’m so very bored” look on her face. The day workers who have not been hired for the day are leaning against buildings and not really talking and they have a fairly fearsome scowl on … [Read more...] about Facing the Boredom of Poverty
We’re raising an army in the fight against hunger in North Georgia! In the story of David and Goliath the Israelites and the Philistines assembled on opposing hills while David and Goliath went down into the valley to fight the battle. In the same way, Forever Fed is choosing to fight hunger in North Georgia. We’re asking you to support our army of volunteers and fight this battle with us. You can have a huge impact by becoming a monthly contributor for our Ministry! We need an … [Read more...] about We’re Raising an Army!
This morning I’m sitting on my deck listening to the world wake up. I’ve a nice hot cup of coffee with my favorite creamer and I’m watching the hummingbirds come and go from their feeder. I love starting the day this way, I am so blessed. But I wonder how Ed starts his day. This is the story of Ed yet another face of poverty in North Georgia. I met Ed last night at Forever Fed’s Canton outreach. Ed is a tall and lanky “country boy” with a care worn face, and a … [Read more...] about A Blessing in the Face of Poverty
Over the next week or so I’d like to help our readers get some small glimpses of poverty that exist in our own back yards. I’ve done some research online about the faces of poverty and while I’ve learned much through that research I’ve also come to know that poverty looks different in every community. I’m going to share a few “poverty snapshots” with you in hopes of not only educating the public but also to give the impoverished a voice in the … [Read more...] about One of the Many Faces of Poverty
I had a conversation yesterday with and old friend who wants to volunteer for one of our events but there was a catch...she wants to bring her young kids with her. I'll admit my first reaction was "Oh dear, that will add way too much chaos to the mix." My doubts were not about her family's ability to do assigned tasks, my doubts were in my own abilities to feed a group of 200 kids while directing others with small children to get the job done. So I was left asking myself, "Am I up to that … [Read more...] about Who Makes a Good Volunteer?
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 … [Read more...] about Ninety Percent of Ministry is Just Showing Up!
We’ve spent the better part of this last week scrubbing, polishing, painting, fixing, and labeling the Forever Fed Truck for use at our first outreach on August 13th. During the entire process I’ve been amazed by God’s hand in all things accomplished so far. However I am also reminded, every time I look at this truck, how we almost missed this blessing! We had dreams and visions of what we thought God should do for our community and they certainly did not look like a box … [Read more...] about We almost missed it!