An Auspicious Beginning

Feeding Hands' first distribution.

I wanted to thank you for your generous outpouring of food to enable us to fill the storehouse for the opening of the Feeding Hands pantry in Somerville. Your donations helped to fill our shelves and provided much needed options for those who came.

Let me share with you about two older women who came in that very first day. One strong Christian woman was a victim of domestic violence a few years ago. As a result, she lost her job, her home, her car and her sense of safety. A few days before she came in, her social service rent and food stamp assistance were inexplicably and suddenly terminated. She told us how she had been living on oatmeal for six days until it was gone. Her breakfast that morning consisted of the last food she had…a few matzo crackers. It gave us chills as we heard what sounded like an old testament story coming from the lips of this beautiful woman. God made provision for this woman through Feeding Hands and your donations.

The second story is regarding a 75 year old Jewish woman, her daughter, and her 7 year old triplet grandchildren. The daughter had complications in childbirth that put her in a coma for a week. When she recovered, she lost her ability to run her business and lost her income along with her health. The grandmother became the primary caregiver and they survived on her social security check. They were, however, unable to pay the mortgage and her home is now in foreclosure. This woman shared with us, cried with us, and then we asked her if we could pray with her. “But I am Jewish,” was her response. One of our volunteers said, “that’s ok. Our Jesus was Jewish!” She smiled and cried as the pastor prayed for her and her family.

Each person who has come in has a story such as this. You have blessed each of them with your generosity. May God bless you. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do. (Eph 6:8)