A lot has changed in the past few years in Bastrop and the world. In 2020, I experienced some COVID anxiety, along with feeling lonely and disconnected while isolating during the pandemic. Many years ago, I was trapped in a cycle of ‘stinkin’ thinkin’,’ leading me down a dark path of depression and panic attacks. A neighbor invited me to church, and I began a journey with Jesus—a transformation that helped lift me out of depression and gave me hope.
Over the years, I’ve seen over and over how God never wastes a hurt and how we’re not defined by what’s happened to us but by the God we serve. In June of last year, I began volunteering with Feed The Need Missions in Bastrop. Wow! Right from the start, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and welcoming nature of the other volunteers. I’ve really enjoyed the friends I’ve made serving together.
It has been eye-opening and, at times, awe-inspiring, seeing God at work through Feed The Need Missions. The power of prayer, a kind word, along with a smile and a listening ear, opens the door to building relationships with the folks we serve. You learn to sympathize with their sorrows and celebrate in their victories. There’s something uniquely personal when you serve guests a free burger along with knowing their name. It opens the conversational door to asking, “How’s it going in your life? And how can I pray for you?” I have a recent memory I will always cherish. This past November, while giving out Gobble kits, one of the guests asked if he could pray for us volunteers. We all gathered around his vehicle, and he shared a beautiful prayer of praise and thankfulness for Feed The Need Missions and their volunteers. It was priceless! Feed The Need Missions is about seeing God’s love in action while sharing the love of Christ. It’s about loving your neighbor and listening to them. I’m grateful for the wonderful tribe of volunteers I serve with.