God's blessings for the Food Pantry Ministry continue to pour forth! Throughout the year, God's workings have reflected His Perfect Timing, His Perfect Provision and His Perfect Resourcefulness, often in unexpected ways.
What is “Perfect Timing”? It is passers-by noticing our food pantry banner and offering donations – exactly when we needed them! The pantry was blessed with six turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. The generosity of that family provided Thanksgiving turkeys for families who needed them.
What is “Perfect Provision”? It is having just the right amount of clients with just the right amount of food to serve them. And, God's provision serves both the food pantry and Shine in partnership between the two ministries.
What is “Perfect Resourcefulness”? Here's an example: We have a client who has been using our pantry for many years. As far as we know, neither his economic nor his spiritual status have changed over time. It is tempting to think that we are wasting our time with “Mr. Dahl.” Are we enabling him to misuse our resources? Or is something happening that we can't perceive? Our impact in Mr. Dahl's life isn't obvious to us.
Yet other clients who know Mr. Dahl have expressed appreciation for the help we give him. As an example of “Perfect Resourcefulness,” he has been a witness for proof of God's people showing kindness to everyone. Mr. Dahl's witness for us has softened the hearts of a few people who've come for help: It's given us credibility among non-believers.
The Food Pantry Ministry connected with new clients, new donors and other organizations this year. We have a liaison with Whispering Pines Senior Center, the hostel here in Cedar Crest and a pig farmer who procures fruit and will provide some for us.
We are so grateful that God allows us to be a light in His community! Let's see what happens in 2019!
Contact Barbara Fall to see how you can get involved or support the Food Pantry.