Isaiah 58:10 (nlt) --- Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The last 24 hours has been huge. No, we have not done any more big pieces of outreach, but what we have seen is God showing up in what we have done. This is good. Let me give you just a few nuggets that make me excited about what we are doing as a church through SERVolution :
+ This morning I was at the McDonald's across from the church paying for the biscuits we used to feed people at the unemployment office, at a local factory and at a couple other places. The manager, Eldon, introduced me to his boss, and Eldon shared what we are doing. Eldon doesn't go to church, but he loves what we are doing. To his boss, he said, "we are doing what Jesus would do if He was here." I almost came unglued. Then his boss gave us the biscuits for free. God provides! Now, our youth are headed to McDonald's tonight (this was already planned) to buy meals and ice cream for kids on the playground tonight.
+ Last evening several of our folks went to the local social services office to fill their food pantry. As our folks walked into this small closet just off their main waiting room, it was almost empty. Before they left, you couldn't fit another can in the room. One of the workers said, "I don't have to give someone noodles. I can give them some food." Our people heard stories about many people in need. Then this morning I heard from CrossPoint Church in Bassett that they are feeding the employees of social services today (pray for that outreach going on now).
+ I bit off more than I could chew yesterday afternoon as we completed our partnership with the local Curves for Women and picked up the 2,500 pounds of food they have collected to feed the hungry (Curves and another couple churches raised over 4,000 pounds of food in a month). Many, many people will be helped through this partnership. It took us an SUV, a miniVan and a car to get all the food. You almost cannot get through the front door of the church as the food is being separated. Good stuff.
Why do we do what we do? Why do we choose to serve? Remember, I am so excited by watching our people step out and serve others. Why?
Matthew 25:37-40 (nlt) --- 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 "And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'
Serving is done all for God. Did you hear that? The king in those verses is God. It is all for His glory. What will come of it? Lives will be changed. More stories to come as SERVolution continues.