MSM Food Pantry

We are making progress on the food pantry.  With the help of a new friend, John, and and an old friend, Aaron, we were able to finish taping the drywall, then a couple of coats of paint and the installation of some better lighting.  Our next step is to purchase some shelving then we will just about be ready to go.  The shelving is pretty spendy, so we might add just a little bit at a time.

It may not look like much, but it’s a lot to us!

We already have some food to go on the shelves though!  The local churches had a combined church service last week and asked their congregations to bring canned foods for our pantry.  Waiting to find out just how much, but whatever the amount is more than we could ask for.  We were excited that they thought of us while making these plans.

The skeletal vision that I had is starting to fill in.  “If you build it, they will come” has been a commonly repeated phrase when we have told people our vision.

Phase One: Build It

Phase Two: Fill It

Phase Three: Distribute It

Pretty simple, which is what we want to be about.  We know the Lord doesn’t want us to get ahead of ourselves either.  We need to focus on simply being in Him (He is the vine) and our ministry will bear fruit.  If we get caught up with “doing” before the foundation has been laid, we can cut ourselves off from the vine and our ministry won’t bear fruit.  It may look like we are bearing fruit, we may be “accomplishing” a lot, but we aren’t advancing His kingdom, we are simply feeding people.

What exactly does “being in Him” mean?  Slowing down.  Taking time to pray.  Being intentional with our time.  Keeping the day-to-day things in our peripheral as we focus on the deeper vision.  I was a driver’s ed teacher for a few years and one of the things we were instructed to teach was to tell students not to focus on the back of the vehicle in front of them.  Rather, you should focus a half mile ahead while keeping the car in front of you and other possible dangers in your peripheral.  The key to all of this is speed.  If you slow down enough these other dangers don’t pose a threat.  Keep the bigger vision in our sights as we slow down and listen to His voice.

As we travel this journey we want to build relationships with our neighbors in need along the way, that, ultimately, is the big vision.  Our hope is that our neighbors will know us and come to trust us before we ever try to hand them a gallon of milk.  People are much more likely to see Jesus in us than in a can of soup.

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One Response

  1. Congrats on all the hard work paying off in tangible ways guys!

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