And I was suddenly so grateful for my role in the Storehouse!
Of course, she and Jesus are talking about the blessing of healing power. And the children and dogs are Jews and Gentiles. And the crumbs? I’m not positive about this. Isn’t a crumb on the floor something of quality that was served to the diners, but is no longer needed?
This morning, I didn’t think it was much of a stretch to see these two groups of people, in this day and age, as those who, for some reason, enjoy an abundance of blessings and those who don’t. And the crumbs are the part of that abundance that is no longer needed by the blessed.
Could it be that one of our responsibilities as Christ followers is crumb management?
Our crumbs in the Storehouse include extra energy, overflowing joy, spare patience, and an abundance of prayers. And, of course, food. An average of 38 pounds per client. I’m especially grateful to all of you, who give to our clients without counting the cost.
And there are so many in our community who don’t enjoy an abundance of blessings. And in the Storehouse, there is no restriction whatsoever on any of them. Their skin color, country of origin, native language, level of education, none of it matters. They might have active warrants. Doesn’t matter.
Our clients want you to know they said thank you. The say thank you all the time. We hear it. But they are thanking you.
In this morning’s team meeting, I shared with our volunteers the lavish evidence of the grace of Jesus over the Storehouse. Let’s start with the box truck. We haven’t had one since July. We received a grant from the Arkansas Food Bank in October and while we were excited about the grant we knew it wouldn't be enough for a good truck. We've been holding on to the grant waiting on Jesus to multiply the loaves and fishes. During Feed the Need, Matt Grissom let us borrow his box truck. Last week we had a crazy idea and asked him if he wanted to sell it. God works in wonderful ways. Within a 24 hour period, Matt said yes, gave us a great price and a special donor more than matched the Food Bank Grant.
And guess how I know it’s in great shape. I took it to our friend, Steve Hardin, at Hardin Automotive. I just asked that he look at belts and fluids and brakes and such. When I went to pick it up, he said it was in great condition. Then he handed me the keys and asked for nothing in return.
Last week, our sister organization from which we get sliced bread and produce called to say that their receipt of those items had been really low. They had none to share with us this week. My heart sank. Then I got the call that Kroger had a pick up on Sunday. No bread, but produce. And dairy. And meat.
Our commercial freezer needed a new fan and Chandler Tipton replaced it last Wednesday. The next day at the end of serve, the temp was in the 50s. We moved the meat to a working freezer and called Chandler. He came out this week and cleaned the coils. He didn’t ask for payment. He said he should have done it last week when he put in the fan.
We have to include ingredients in any item we bag. So, when we break up a box of 18 pop tarts, we put a printed copy of ingredients in the bag. So, we need a printer. Just last week, the Food Bank notified us that certain Dollar General stores were giving away printers to member agencies of the Food Bank. There were two participating stores in Conway. I figured I’d discover that the word might not have trickled down to the local manager. I got all my documentation in order, to prove my claim, before I stepped into the Dollar General on Hogan. I asked the manager if he’d been aware of the offer. “Yeah, the printer is over there. Just take it.”
Last week, when temps were so high in the cold room, a volunteer suggested that a window A/C unit was probably the only solution for heating problem in the room. We had donated dollars to apply to supplies. A friend, who has helped us out on many projects did the electrical connections. It took one day. Our volunteer says the window unit will probably be in place for serve next week.
And speaking of next week, we’ll serve for the first time in the evening. We’ll open the door at 4:30 and close at 7:30. I’m so excited about this event I can hardly wait. I first mentioned this idea to our staff in December.
Well, we can’t do it unless Feed the Need is a huge success.
We received 5,000 more pounds of food than last year.
Well, we can’t do it without necessary volunteers.
Several new volunteers contacted me with a willingness to serve.
So, it’s going to happen.
Because we swim in the grace of Jesus.
I am the Storehouse Director and get the privilege of writing about the people that Jesus loves.
Contact Mike Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org for all things "Volunteer".
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