Author - Mike Rush - Director of Operations
Each week, after our pantry closes and our volunteers have departed, we share the story of what happened that day. It almost always centers around our clients, and how Jesus revealed himself in moments throughout the day during encounters with those He has brought to the Storehouse.
However, He sometimes shows up in our encounters with donors, like He did just the other week.
I was outside the facility when a car I didn’t recognize pulled up to the curb. A young man, who could have been a teenager, got out and asked if this place was still collecting food. I blurted my response that we were, with a little more excitement than intended, as a young female got out of the other side of the car.
He quickly had a case of canned food in his hands and I said I’d get a buggy as the girl removed her own case from the car. When I returned with the buggy, we filled it with several cases of canned goods. "We wanted to help; I think we got what y’all were asking for", he said.
We like to get to know our donors, so I asked where these two were from. "Greenbrier", they said. They’d heard about Feed the Need and had made an effort to donate what was on our list. I was puzzled in their presence; they were so young yet seemed so independent and autonomous. I struggled for a question that would invite them to share themselves without my assuming too much. "Are y’all a couple?" I finally asked. "We’re engaged", he said, "as of last week", while she simultaneously lifted her left hand, fingers splayed to reveal her new gift of jewelry. They were beaming. Glowing, and then Jesus showed up.
"Look what I’m doing here", He seemed to say. These two are just starting, and He's led them to become ministry-minded donors. This is no chance happening. He's in this.
In fact, He's in every donation here.
She filled out a donor record slip, while I offered our thanks and then they were gone.
I watched them go, thanking Jesus for the people He brings here, brings into this ministry and our lives. And on this day, I thanked Him, especially, for donors.