This past weekend I had the privilege of doing something I had never heard of before and never knew I needed. I spent seven hours on Friday and another hour on Saturday helping out Northpoint Church in Toledo and Feed My Starving Children package meals for starving children throughout the world. Over the two days of the event we package enough food to feed 298 children for a full year (almost 109,000 meals!). For the math lovers out there that means in 14 hours we helped feed over 21 children for a full year every hour. Yeah, that’s incredible!
Feed My Starving Children’s vision is “With God’s help Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) will strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.”
When we got to the event we were all introduced to the need that exists in the world for children to receive food because they have very little on a regular basis. Then we were shown how to put together the food packs and we got to work. My job was to make sure every group had what they needed when or before they needed it. At the end we were told a story about one of the children that was helped with the food packs that FMSC distributes. Then we were told our numbers, how many meals we put together and how many children they would feed for a year. In a few weeks we will find out exactly where our food packs went and I know I am not the only one who is excited to find out.
Probably the most incredible thing from this whole event is how people who had never done this before banded together and worked hard to get as much done as possible so we could truly make a large impact in the fight against hunger. What happened to me though was a pleasant bonus. I was energized so much by the people and the cause. I was moving around the room trying to make sure each group could get as much done as possible. I wanted to help reach the goal of 100,000 meals that the church had set, I wanted to help feed children in need. This event wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about FMSC or Northpoint church, it was about God’s children who have so little being helped by people who have been provided more food then we know what to do with. If anyone did this event and left not affected, I would be surprised. It was incredible and I was so happy to have been a part of it.
If you get a chance to do this kind of event, do it!
Thank you Northpoint for allowing me to do this and thank you FMSC for dedicating yourselves to helping those in need.
This past Sunday at Northpoint Church in Sylvania Pastor Dave Moore preached a sermon on one of Jesus’ last words, “finished.” Pastor Dave talked about how the cross should change our view of ourselves. We should view ourselves as adopted into the family of Christ, but not because of anything we have done but because Christ, “finished” the work for us. He used a great example about how people will refer to Jesus as a crutch and they typically view that as a negative thing, but in actuality we are sick and we need a crutch. Once we realize that we are sick and not healthy then we are willing to lean on Christ and what He has done for us. If you have a broken leg, you use a crutch. If you realize that there is nothing that we can do that will get us to Heaven then you rely on the only thing that can help you which is Jesus’ death on the cross.
At then end of the sermon Pastor Dave played the video below and I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you. I am often condemning myself for sins that I have committed. This video reminds me of what Romans 8:38-39 says which is talked about in the video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (Oh and by the way if there is an ad, sorry, feel free to skip it as soon as possible as I did not choose the ad whatsoever)