“What makes me feel alive and connected to God’s voice and spirit in this world is creating opportunities for the people I love to rest and connect and be fed at my table.”
I love this quote by Shauna Niequist in her book Bread & Wine. Such a simple, but rather perfect description for how my heart feels every time I sit at my table with friends or my family every evening. Our beautiful Creator made us to need food, to need Him, to need to stop three times a day (at least!) and acknowledge our need of Him and give thanks for nourishment of our bodies and souls. Our precious Father gave us the beautiful gift of food to enjoy, but also as a tangible way to show others the love of Christ.
Thank you so much for faithfully giving to the food pantry every week. It may seem small and humble to be giving boxes of pre-packaged food and canned items in a basket every week. I want you to know that this food is prayed over and shared with families who feel the love of Christ when they receive it. Below is a thank you note I received last week from a lady who received food for another family:
Thank you so much for opening up your heart and helping to do God’s work. This family, our brothers and sisters will be needing a lot of prayers over the next few months. Please pray along with your church. This will be a great blessing for their family. God Bless!
Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Please pray for these children:
Maverick – 4 yrs
Max – 3 yrs
MaKenzie – 13 yrs
Matthew – 10 yrs
I also wanted to share how Eli’s Cupboard will be ministering to the greater community in the coming months. When the youth visited Gardere Community Christian School for youth week, a beautiful relationship was formed! Julia Keblani, the volunteer coordinator, indicated that many of the children do not have access to sufficient food supplies over the weekend and could benefit from a partnership with the food pantry. After careful consideration, it was decided that rather than potentially overlooking a need, a bag of food would be sent home every Friday with each of the 47 students. Volunteers will prepare the bags each week at RCC and deliver them to the school. Friday, September 14th is the first distribution day! If you are interested in helping to prepare the bags, please contact Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bless you River for being the hands and feet of Jesus to these precious children!!!