Sunday, April 15, 2012

God Put Something On My Heart

For a few months now I feel God has put something in my heart to somehow giveback to the community, but I was never sure just what. I prayed about it a lot. A few weeks ago I was sitting in church reading the bulletin and something just jumped out to me. A Heart for the Hungry. Our church's food pantry was empty. The pantry that used to feed hundreds of families, now, there’s a sign on the door that says “Sorry, there are no food bags available at this time.”

That was it! That’s what my heart wanted to do. Fill those pantry shelves until they’re overflowing! Could I do this alone? No. I needed help. I had this idea of having a table set up in front of a local grocery stores collecting non-perishable food donations, a Food Drive. But I wanted to do more . My idea grew to wanting a table set up in front of every single grocery store in the area, all at the same time. Crazy? I thought so at first. Man, did I pray about it again and again. Slowly, things started to fall into place. Once I started looking for volunteers, they started pouring out of the wood work. Even random strangers that heard of the event asked if they could help out. We ended up with over 25 people helping this little BIG dream come to reality.


My vision came to life. This was my weekend.


{and this isn't everyone!}

We decorated the food donation barrels {10 of them which were donated with a value of $50 each!}, rented the U-Haul truck, gathered our amazing volunteers and headed out!

The day called for rain. We didn't get sprinkled on, it was an all out downpour. As soon as each table was set up, the sky's flood gates opened and I hadn't seen rain like that in ages. Everyone was soaked. But was that going to stop us? No way. We were determined! And it didn't stop people from giving. We had a few people even wheel out a cart full of groceries and just leave it next to our bins. The entire cart fulls were for the Food Drive! I didn't know what to say. Thank you just didn't seem like enough but was all I could say. It made me really emotional. People have such good hearts. The world has put such a dark cloud over humanity, but it's not true. Most people want to give out of the goodness of their hearts. They want to help others. And it showed this very day.

We ended the day with each of our barrels filled to the brim and food bags all around each table. The church's food pantry was so packed the door wouldn't close. This was all God's doing. It started as a thought God had placed on my heart, ended up feeding dozens {even hundreds maybe} of low-income families.

This was such a eye opening experience I just can't wait to do it again. I encourage each and everyone of you to find a way to give back to the community. There's so much out there that needs help and it takes so little to made a huge impact on someones life.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35


19 comments:

  1. Laura this post was so humbling and had me teary. Congratulations to you and all the wonderful people who gave to the food drive. Is the Church's food pantry something you're going to keep an eye on and replenish as needed? Or are you thinking about different types of projects for later?

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    1. Thank you! We've stepped to help lead the pantry needs at church so yes we'll do other things but I'm deffinatly doing to start doing different things as well. Trying to figure out what our next endevor will be. Ideas? :)

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  2. This sounds amazing. I'm so glad it worked out for you, even with the rain!

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  3. Praise be to God and you will be richly blessed, for listening to Him.
    makes me really thankful for all we have been blessed with!

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  4. I am so proud of you! I am happy you dream was so successful! Very inspiring!

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  5. Absolutely amazing! This brought tears to my eyes! God Bless you!

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  6. God is so good! Thank you for being obedient to Him! He used you to make a difference not only in the food shelf, but to others reading this!
    -Katie

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  7. How Amazing! Great work indeed.

    Shauna
    www.ShaunaWyrick.com

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  8. Laura this is so amazing. What a wonderful community you have. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project. God bless x
    http://www.eatenjoylive.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Laura you are FABULOUS!!!! I'm so very proud of you!!!

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  10. Amazing lady! Just stopped by from it's a date and I'm following you now :) Can't wait to read more! Have a great day
    Lauren @ lemon trees and bumble bees

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  11. What an amazing opportunity to serve! Would love to have you link on on Saturdays post.

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    1. I'd love to! Just let me know the deets.

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  12. How fun when others help you fulfill your dream for your community.

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  13. Laura,
    I really enjoyed reading this post! God is so amazing...and so are YOU!

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  14. How amazing! Be blessed!

    Stopping (co-host) by from the Monday Meet-Up!

    ~Samantha
    www.thepeanutsgang.com

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