Feed My Starving Children fed my starving heart

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.

There will be no condemnation

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)

Coffee, with cream and theology? part 2

If you didn’t read my blog on Monday, let me catch you up really fast. As I am today, I normally do most of my work at Plate 21, a coffee-house in South Toledo. Last week I was house-sitting about 15 minutes away so I decided to go to The Flying Joe instead. While there I noticed three pieces of art hanging on the wall and I wanted to share with you all my thoughts about the sayings contained within each one. Monday I talked about living a little each day for Christ which for most of us would be an improvement over our current day-to-day lives. Below is the second piece of art.

Today’s saying is “Tomorrow is the fantasy we make it through today for.”  Besides the fact that this phrase is grammatically incorrect since it ends in a preposition, it contains quite a few nuggets of thought. I may have failed my first English class in college, but I at least know that you shouldn’t end a sentence with the word for (dang it, I don’t know how to not end that sentence with for as the last word). Anyway on to the nuggets of information.

My initial thought was this phrase is highly negative, I mean is that all we are doing? Are we just getting through today so we can experience tomorrow which we have high hopes for, but then when it comes it is just another day to make it through? That’s depressing, and yet sometimes I think it is true. I know I have found myself often times thinking about an event and getting really excited about it, but then when I am in the midst of it, I am thinking about it being over. I can be having a good time, and yet I am thinking about it being over.

Then I got a little more deep into the phrase and thought about how, as Christians, we are getting through this life to get to the fantasy of tomorrow that is Heaven. Getting through this time, makes it sound negative, but think about how you act when you are anticipating an awesome event. My brother is engaged right now and his fiance and him are planning the wedding with great fervor. They are “getting through” each day making sure every detail is taken care of so they can enjoy their wedding and the festivities that go along with the wedding. Trust me, they are doing a great job, because I am getting excited about the whole thing. It’s going to be pretty awesome! “Getting through” the day doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy today, it just means that there is something so awesome ahead that each day now will seem like junk when we imagine what is in store for us.

That brings me to the thought that we should act with fervor towards every single day in anticipation of the greatest fantasy ever. Are you? Am I? It’s not a fantasy that is non-existent, but a fantasy that is beyond our wildest imagination. It reminds me of the talk Sammy Adebiyi gave this Monday at the young adult community at North Point church in Toledo, SOMA. Last night Sammy was talking about God’s love. We can think we know God’s love, but as Paul says in Ephesians 3:19 “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Sammy made the comment that we can think we understand God’s love, “but there’s more.” We cannot understand His love, just like we can never fully understand what Heaven will be like. It doesn’t matter. Think about the most awesome thing you can think of and then multiple it by a thousand. That is still not anywhere close to how great Heaven will be. We need to remember this and let it drive us and be our motivation to prepare us and others for that time.