I am so humbled to labor with such an incredible team of Christ followers serving the least of these at Feeding Hands. It was a remarkable eight months as we came together to launch and carry out this mission to our neighbors in need. It required us to be flexible, steadfast, committed, sacrificial and overflowing with love. Everyone, including the whole of Emmanuel Church, flexed and adjusted as the Lord brought in so many of the hungry so quickly. Yet, I only remember one day where we felt overwhelmed. We just followed the Lord’s promptings and adjusted our process not our mission.
Christmas is just a few days away. We celebrate Jesus the Christ coming to earth bringing good news to the poor and challenging us to follow him. I can’t help but think that each of you who have volunteered your time these past eight months have followed Him as witnessed by the sacrifice of your time and how you have led with your hearts. In Isaiah 1, the prophet told us to “learn to do good, seek justice and help the oppressed and if you obey me, you will have plenty to eat.” We who are doing His work have been fed…fed with the blessings of seeing God’s hand move repeatedly.
Praise God! What a beautiful day we had to give out our Thanksgiving foods! It was a glorious day filled with many hands and joyful hearts reflecting the glory of Jesus to 113 families and to each other! The camaraderie and teamwork were amazing and I cannot thank you all enough! A special thank you to the vestry of Emmanuel for flexing and accommodating the needs that have presented.
Wow! What a month we had. The word is out that we are handing out food with a heavy dose of caring. In fact, there was a man on Tuesday that told us someone in Somerville created their own fliers and were handing them out on the street! As a result we served 115 families, containing 300 people during August. That is up well over 100% from July when we consider July was a 5 week month and August was only 4 weeks. This past Tuesday alone we served 36 families…20 of which were new!
I want to share with you the blessings Christ shared with us over the past week. As most of you know, our volume has more than doubled in a month as we had 69 family visits in July and yesterday alone we had 22. This is akin to going from 0 to 70 mph in 5.2 seconds. With the incredible group of volunteers we have, we were able to give out food to 15 families in only 1 ¼ hours yesterday. That is an amazing testimony to the teamwork and dedication of the family Christ has called to be His feeding hands at Emmanuel.