The Heart of the Ministry
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.
Even more impressive is how you did it. With love and smiles, compassion and help. I was blessed to witness one of you “up close and personal” in just one of the many loving interactions with our clients, and I just have to share it with all of you as it epitomizes the attitude each of you are demonstrating. Ursula and Garnet had taken all but one of the bags of our last client of the afternoon out to the wagon while our client finished her conversation with Thelma. It was then that I saw the heart of this ministry that people are talking about all over Somerville. When the client reached for her last bag, Thelma put her hand on hers and said ever so kindly, “Oh, no. You don’t have to carry that. We are here to serve you when you are here. We will carry that for you.” Then Thelma picked up her bag and carried it out to the wagon. With word and deed, Thelma lived out exactly what Jesus told us to do as he knelt washing the feet of his disciples. There was no pretense of serving here. No gimmick. No re-enactment. No letter of the law. But did she ever demonstrate exactly what Jesus meant! Thelma bathed this woman with caring and love and dignity.
It is this same demonstration of love that touched the heart of our veteran, Jimmy. When I met Jimmy over three years ago, he told me, “I’m not a church kind of guy.” We have been reaching out to him for some time and he found Feeding Hands within the first month of our outreach. He has been coming ever since and many of you have been loving on him and showing incredible acts of kindness toward him. Pastor Jerry took him to the VA. Nicole saw to it that his service dog’s needs were taken care of and many of you just showered him with love and prayers. Well yesterday, the Lord showed us through a beanie baby frog, that our kindness has softened the heart of this man. Then, as he walked out the door, he said, “If I have to go through hell or high water, I will be at church on Sunday.” Praise God! Please pray for Jimmy…for his spiritual and physical health.
That is our job, at Feeding Hands. To soften hearts and so that people can hear the knock of our Lord and open the door to Him. I am so blessed to be able to watch you in action! It brings me to tears.