Last year while on a mission trip in Atlanta, Georgia, God really stirred my heart when we visited government homes to deliver food that we had sorted through the previous day at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. While we were there, we watched a documentary about the poverty situation in Atlanta, and one lady said, "I have no hope." She believed she was never going to get out of the vicious cycle of poverty, and that broke my heart! It broke my heart because the human spirit cannot survive with out hope! We can live without food and water for several days, and even without air for a few minutes, but without hope we lose the will to live.
After seeing the conditions they live in, and witnessing children having to endure something like this, it stirred my heart to take a step to reverse the situation of poverty and give a little bit of hope back to them.
Even if it is just one can of food – if one can of food can plant that thought of..."Maybe I can get through this because there is one meal already provided for me," then I get to watch God nourish that seed and do the impossible! If God thinks highly enough of me to want me to be a part of that, then I want to say "YES!" and walk in the light of Jesus for my neighbors in MY home town.
A note from Braden:
One of our greatest responsibilities as followers of Christ is to love people. The hard question is "how?" The amazing thing about "loving people" is that it can come in all shapes and sizes. Love can look like a conversation at a coffee shop. Love can look like fixing a flat tire. Love can look like welcoming someone into your home.
Love can look like feeding the hungry.
The amazing thing about Britni's story is the fact that she approached me about wanting to do a food drive for her birthday. Her love for Jesus and people run so deep that even on a special occasion of turning another year older, her greatest desire is not for gifts, nor money, nor a new gadget, but to bring hope to the hopeless.
And so on February 22 and March 1, we will be having a Food Drive at our Wednesday night SUMMIT services at Beltway North. I encourage you join in on what God has placed in Britni's heart, and help stock the shelves of our Beltway Park Food Pantry and bring hope to those in need.
What to Bring
(Especially Large Print and/or Spanish)
Ramen noodle soup
Macaroni & cheese
Ranch beans/Baked beans
Salt & pepper & spices
Cornbread mix/Cake mix