We started the day packing food at Feed My Starving Children. Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. During our session, 157 boxes of MannaPack (rice, soy, veggies, and vitamins) were packed. That will feed 93 children for a whole year! Praise God for this ministry! At the end of our packing session, we were invited into the warehouse to pray. Our own Noah Porter said the prayer over the boxes! These particular boxes of MannaPack will be sent to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
We spent the afternoon giving back to St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Thank you to St. Mark's for being generous, patient hosts for our five families. Hosting 10 adults and 12 children is no easy task! Furniture was moved and two rooms were painted; data entry...in German!!...was accomplished; preschool rooms and cubbies were cleaned free of germs; fun was had by all knowing that God was using us to bless others.
We also packed and delivered 48 sack lunches to Lazarus House, a local homeless shelter. The people at Lazarus House were grateful for the food, but were especially touched by the time and love our children put into adding their artwork to the bags. They usually just get "plain, old white bags." Sometimes it's the little things that show the most love!
Devotions with Donna ended out our day. She reminded us to: Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 As we serve others and serve with each other, it's good to pause and remember to treat others with compassion, empathizing with them, and to remain humble, remembering that God is the One working through us to bless others. To God be the glory...not us!