Feeding The Hungry!


It was an awesome night.  And by awesome, I mean one of those really cool God moments where people come together, using up their own personal time to do something for someone else.  I have to say, I am so excited to be working with the Haymarket Campus at New Life Christian Church.  I saw two life groups come together tonight to prepare a ministry we call, “Grab Your Groceries,” for the upcoming school year.  Let me give you a few more details.

New Life is a church with three campi (our word for multiple campuses).  All three campi collected non-perishable food items for Grab Your Groceries (GYG), which is a ministry of Passion 4 Community here at New Life.  This is how GYG works…

We are connected with social workers through the school systems in our area.  Through them we are able to reach the families who need help the most.  Each school has a representative and that person picks up boxes full of grocery relief for families.  They take the groceries to the schools and the schools pass along the groceries to those most in need.  It is one of my favorite things about New Life.

After collecting food from three campi across the New Life landscape, we have the shelves completely stocked and ready for the beginning of the school year.  It is so cool to watch this come together.  Two life groups tonight stuck around to unpack and stock the shelves for GYG.  In two days, more life groups will be back to prepare the groceries to be taken to the schools by packing them up into boxes.

I stood there tonight, in the pantry, with two life groups and we prayed for the food.  We prayed for the families that would be receiving the food throughout the school year and we prayed for the children who would be able to eat because of it.  It was truly one of those great moments.  I am in awe when I see people living for someone else.  I love to see people giving of their time and energy to make someone else’s life better.

Then to celebrate, we hit Foster’s Grille.  The ladies and I sat around a table, drank some soda, some had awesome burgers and we just talked.  It was a ton of fun and a great way to end the evening.  The ladies were so fun I’m thinking about joining their life group.  Wonder if that would fly?

So, thank you.

Thank you to the volunteers at New Life who don’t think church is about what they can consume, but realize it’s about what they can do for others.

Thank you to those who were there to help make it happen.

Thank you to our GYG Coordinator, Jodi N., who has taken this ministry to a whole new level.  She is awesome!

Thank you to our GYG volunteers who deliver food to the schools and who are literally the hands and feet of Jesus.

Thank you to New Life for helping create the environment where something like this can happen.

And most of all, thank  you to God who allows us to be a part of His work.

Proverbs 31:8, 9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.  Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

Matthew 25:37, 40 – “Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you?  Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.”


About Stan Rodda

Follower. Husband. Father. Shepherd. Apostle. Husker.

Posted on August 31, 2010, in Church, discipleship, evangelism, Fun, God, love, missional communities, missionary, outreach, resources, the basics, the nation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I felt so inspired this week as well. I mean, I guess I see the pantry all the time so I forget how much it can impact others who want to serve there. Thanks so much to all the groups who have been putting forth the time and energy to get us ready for the school year. Thanks Stan for being a minister who supports the cause and gets into the action…the pantry looks ready to rock and roll!

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