https://feedtheneed.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/0FYaeDUc.jpeg 426 640 Sean Tangen https://feedtheneed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Feed-the-Need-logo-MAIN.png Sean Tangen2022-05-18 16:52:592022-05-18 17:03:30Disaster in My Own Backyard
We were just closing on the sale of our home in Elgin, Texas when the tornado warnings began.
Blessed to be a Blessing
It didn’t take long for those steps to be made clear. In the wake of the tornadoes, Feed the Need Missions was asked to deploy our Disaster Relief ministry arm to aid in the cleanup efforts. So, a small contingent of faithful volunteers graciously came out the next Saturday to help. We set out to cook meals for those cleaning up.
That morning, a woman showed up and began to tell me the story of how her family had been impacted (I realized over the course of the day that when tragedy strikes, one of the biggest things needed is a listen ear and open heart). I listened as she shared, through tears of gratitude, how thankful she was that her sister and family was spared from the impact. What a clarifying experience disasters can be. They certainly remind us of what is most important.
She asked if I would like to join her in delivering food to her family and those impacted by the destruction. I realized that what this woman needed most wasn’t food—but to feel like she wasn’t alone. I smiled, recalling how just days earlier, I felt that same need, and the Lord filled it with His presence. Now, He was allowing me to be an extension of Him, by being present and bringing comfort to someone else in need.