Over this past week, I have met with many of our Food Distribution Team Members. Throughout these meetings, as I was going over new procedures, I could not help but think about the beginnings of the program and where God has brought us. It is such a beautiful thing to think about and a true picture of God’s provision to not only those living at or below the poverty line in Lake Highlands, but to those who are in ministry with us.
Many Team Members have put in way more sweat equity than me. They have seen the program transform from a hand-out to a shopping experience. They have seen our program grow from 14 households once a month to 220 households across three Wednesdays, and they have continued to serve faithfully.
I am still learning and growing in my role at Feed Lake Highlands, and the ability to sit with partners in ministry and glean from them was a true blessing. We were able to discuss changes to our shopping experience that would add to our ministry and would make us all better Team Members. We discussed new ways to build relationships with our Program Members. We established the best ways to make our ministry multi-generational by having all ages become involved in service. And, we all began to focus on making our ministry a hand-up not a hand out for our Program Members.
Our prayer for this year is to make Food Distribution a participatory ministry focused on reciprocal relationships with 783 of our neighbors where we would focus on providing dignity not deficiency for everyone that comes through our doors.
I have heard our Food Distribution described as “God’s Little Grocery Store” and more and more I feel that God has provided this food and this space as a gateway to relationship with those who need it most – us, Program and Team Members, alike.