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St. Marks Family Mission Day 2

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 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!

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St. Marks Family Mission Day 1

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.  Matthew 7:12

This is our Family Mission Trip verse for 2019!  We are working to be God's ambassadors to those here in St. Charles, IL were we are serving and to each other as we live, work, play, and serve together,  keeping in mind God's word to do unto others in love as you would have them do unto you!


After a prayer with Pastor John, Pastor Chris, and other staff members, our five families left Faith this morning for a scenic drive in the country (well an unplanned scenic drive in the country thanks to a closed road and the blessing of GPS) where we got to marvel at God's creation driving by a forest preserve and a historic windmill!  We arrived at St. Mark's Lutheran Church where we were greeted by Pastor Tim Bayer (so great to reconnect with him!) and their new DCE intern, Alex, who actually grew up in St. Charles, MO! 

After moving in to our new home for the next few days, we made plans for packing sack lunches for Lazarus House and the kids added their original art to the lunch bags.  We were treated to a dinner of delicious hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats grilled by Pastor Tim and got to connect to some of St. Mark's members over dinner and great conversation! 

After dinner we laughed our way through a hilarious game of "Telephone Charades" and Donna Auer closed us out with a great devotional reminding us that:  Ask and it will be given to you.  Search, and you will find.  Knock, and the door will be opened to you.  Everyone who asks will receive.  He who searches will find.  The door will be opened to the one who knocks.  Matthew 7: 7-8  

We are blessed to be a blessing!  Until tomorrow...

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