Can the food ministry at the Creek really impact a life? The simple answer is yes. In many ways it provides needed food, household products, a kind face, a welcoming environment, a listening ear, an encouraging voice, prayer, and God's truth. and = Many other aspects of meeting people and sharing Christ in our words and actions can have an eternal difference. The following story took place through the Food Co-Op at our former Shelby Street campus and similar stories are taking place here as well.
Jill was a single mother to four kids on a limited income working many odd jobs to make ends meet. Every time they attended the Food Co-Op it never failed that the three older children were great workers. They were willing and eager to help.
During a conversation, Jill stated that she felt like a failure as a mom. However, as I observed her and her children, it was clear she was doing a good job. There was respect and hard work with her children and I simply said, "You are doing a great job as a mom." Her response was, “Really?” I stated, “Yes, as I watch you and your children interact it’s clear you put time and effort into your relationships.” The next thing she did was look up with a giant smile just beaming with gratitude.
Had she ever been told a word of encouragement what a good mom she was? I don't know, but for that one moment she was a person with joy and hope. Yes, a food ministry has an impact in people's lives in many ways beyond the food support.