Training is essential to help maintain consistency in the mission God has called us to. We have designed four levels of training to help equip and empower volunteers to be effective in Feed the Need Missions.

Currently for August we have three scheduled training opportunities: August 11th, August 18th, and August 31st. These training sessions are for anyone who wants to learn more about Feed the Need Missions and for existing volunteers. Children are welcome to participate and a light lunch will be served.

Join us for one of the training sessions in your area.

SITE TRAINING INFORMATION

Bastrop Area: Site Volunteer Training
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm

Bastrop Christian Church
1106 Church Street
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Please contact Jace Allen at 512-621-9928 to RSVP or with questions.

Ft Bend Area: Leadership Training
Saturday, August 18th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Sobre a Rocha
22123 Katy Freeway
Katy, Texas 77450

Please contact Gustavo at 713-518-3275 or Jonah Beyer at 512-988-8365 to RSVP or with questions.

Denton Area: Leadership Training
Friday, August 31st, 2018
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Private Residence
12216 Arbor Lake Road
Rhome, Texas 76078

Please contact Brandon Phifer at 214-535-6373 to RSVP or with questions.

A couple of days ago, I was driving by the high school with my son when he realized that he’s not returning in August because he graduated in June. His sigh of relief did not have to do with homework, teachers, other students, etc., His sigh of relief was he did not have to worry about shootings anymore.

In another conversation, with another group, we shared our concern about the pressure of sexual bullying from upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.

Even though, these two instances are alarming, they do not begin to touch the surface on the issues within our school districts. There are alarming and disheartening things happening within the lives of our students every day. However, this is not a time for us to be discouraged, but rather a time for us to bring our concerns to the Lord Almighty.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

With this said, please be diligent in prayer for our students, teachers, school volunteers and all faculty members:

  • Pray that students have the strength and courage to resist temptations.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring peace and unity within the schools.
  • Pray that teachers and facility members will have endurance, patience, strength and wisdom to handle each situation.
  • Pray that each student, teacher, and facility member who calls on the name of Jesus will be bold in their faith to share the Gospel.
  • Pray that our schools become fertile ground for the Gospel that when seeds are planted they will produce fruit for the Kingdom of God.
    Pray for our country to allow God back into the schools.
  • Pray that each student and parent who comes to a Feed the Need Missions location would feel the love of Jesus.

Pray about how you can invest in the lives of students to make an impact for the Kingdom of God.

Lastly, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that we may proclaim it clearly, as we should.5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:2-6

Summer is a time when many people go on vacations to different types of destinations around the world. Some choose the beach for the waves and sun, while others may prefer escaping to the mountains for scenery and a hint of coolness in the air. I for one, hope to one day make it to Muir Woods, an incredible forest of Sequoia trees. Sequoias are sometimes referred to as the largest living things on earth, reaching almost 250 feet in the air and living for as many as fifteen hundred years!

If we could talk to these trees (not saying you should try;), one may ask how is it that you can stand that tall for that long? I always expected the answer to be that Sequoias had vast root systems that could support the tree for the duration of their long life, but this isn’t so. Roots of Sequoias only reach as far down as 4 feet, which pales in comparison to what you see towering over the ground in which they grow. The reason these trees can withstand the tests of time is because they grow in groves. You see they are surrounded by other trees like them that protect and help them to continue growing and staying strong.

Just like the Sequoias, as Christians we need to be surrounded by other people to help us stay strong and grow in the faith. Our prayer for you at Feed the Need is that you would find a body of believers that can help you grow and remain in Christ without being tossed and turned by the winds and the waves that life throws at each of us every day. If you are currently involved in a local church thank Jesus for that. The church is the bride of Christ, and as such we are to love Him and represent him well. This is extremely difficult to do on our own, just like Sequoias we need others around us to help stay on the straight and narrow path that Jesus calls us to follow.

It’s that time again, time for another exciting Taco Tuesday in Bastrop! This quarter we are partnering with Bastrop Christian Church for a time of fellowship over some delicious tacos, while we raise awareness about what Feed the Need Missions is doing in our community.

Taco Tuesday will be July 24th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, (or until we run out of food). Please invite your friends, we can’t wait to see you there!

TACO TUESDAY

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Bastrop Christian Church
1106 Church Street
Bastrop, TX 78602

Scott heard about Feed the Need Missions through a friend who was attending Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Church in Justin, Texas. Growing up, Scott was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a very young age. When his father passed away last fall, he started drinking heavily and was popping Adderall to cope with the pain.

All Scott knew his entire life was the streets. He was married, but is currently separated. Left with raising his three boys on his own, he moved into his mother’s home while trying to clean himself up from his addiction. “God started speaking to my heart. All I could do was sing praise and worship songs. Once He got a hold of my heart and was telling me enough was enough, I decided enough WAS enough. God asked me to do it for no one else but myself and Him. I am now free from the bondage.”

“It’s only been a few months that I’ve been clean,” he said. He’s now working full time and serves at his church on a CARES team. He visits the Feed the Need Mission site every Thursday in Justin, not because of the food but because of the people. “I have no friends and nobody to talk to. Feed the Need has helped me to be open and to find trust again. I can be the new me here, and still talk about my past.” He also said, “before I worked for Satan but now I work for God and because of my past and my struggles I can come here and be the person to listen and help others.”

I enjoy my quiet time with Jesus. I seek refuge in His Word to balance my busy life and all the anxiety in it. I can chose where, when and for how long I want to be in fellowship in my savior.

For inmates incarcerated at Darrington Prison this looks very different. They have time, more time than I ever have. Time to use or misuse, time to achieve or time to waste. Time to enlighten their minds, or time to be haunted by it.

Going through security as you enter and exit the prison is exhausting. If you have not walked the halls of a prison where male inmates are peeking through the small windows of their doors, let me tell you, it is heart wrenching. Then, just a few steps more down the sullen hallway, we entered into the chapel. It was like entering into a separate world where men were on stage worshiping Christ and families were sitting lovingly with their inmate. This simple reality instantly changed my thoughts.

In prison, emotions like despair, boredom, anxiety and loneliness are constantly competing against a search for liberation tormenting each of them. The struggle is two-fold in prison: the physical imprisonment and the mental or emotional imprisonment. Many of you, like me can attest that the emotional imprisonment is the most debilitating struggle of all. Your mind is consumed by your past, your present and mostly by fear of your future. There seems to be no hope…

But there is hope. Hope that is found in Jesus alone! Watching the inmates raise their hands and sing worship music, while being served a hot meal that was prepared by my hands gave me pure Joy! An overwhelming amount of joy that I can’t even put into words. Then, to walk away from the prison and pull away in my vehicle with my loved one at my side brought tears to my eyes, and with them a feeling of deep desperation. Desperation to share the gospel.

Darrington Prison welcomed our team with open arms. They allowed Feed the Need Missions to grill burgers and hot dogs outside of its building. This is the first time that this prison allowed food to be brought in from an outside source. God orchestrated the entire event. And I am forever changed because of this experience. My quiet time will continue to offer me refuge with new insight and renewed thankfulness.

Welcome Summer! Long days, reading in the shade, baseball, iced tea, sunshine — ’tis the season of unparalleled displays of God’s common benevolence.

Summer it’s also full of exciting opportunities for us to grow in the grace of prayer.
Did you know God’s grace is immeasurable, not seasonal? “…so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7. There’s not more of Him now than in January, but summer tends to open our eyes a little wider. We can see a little clearer. And this helps how we pray.

In other words, prayer is when we snap out of it. Out of the busyness, out of Facebook charades, out of our culture-imposed identities. Praying is the most real thing we do, and if summer is when we are most awake, then let it teach us how to pray. Let it invite us into deeper fellowship.

During your prayer time this summer, remember Feed the Need Missions and the families that we serve.

Seven years ago, God burdened my heart for this ministry and gave us a vision to spread it across the country. That seemed like an impossible task for us, and it is, but it is not impossible for God. I’m so excited about all of the things that He has been teaching us over the past several years. He’s been teaching us how to minister to people, sharing the gospel in our churches and communities and how to be effective at running and operating a sucessful ministry.

We have come a long way in developing the Bastrop area, which currently has five sites and operates on a weekly basis. The Denton area was launched last year and currently has one site and soon we will be establishing a second.

Our next new adventure is launching into the Fort Bend County area. A couple of years ago God showed us the next place He wanted us to go. Being unsure of the logistics and timetable, we continued to pray and waited patiently. God is now opening up the doors and has given the ministry a green light, or should I say “the command to go.”

I am excited about this next step as we continue to learn what it looks like to launch in new areas. This is where we need your help! Without you, the ministry wouldn’t be able to function the way it does. We are so grateful for you! It’s because of people like yourself, who listen to God and follow the passion that He is giving you for this ministry. You allow Feed the Need Missions to reach people for Christ. We NEED you to help us to continue carrying the mission and vision that God has for our ministry.

First, we are reaching out and asking you for prayers. Pray for the Fort Bend County leadership and volunteers that God has hand selected for His specific locations that He wants us to plant. Pray that the soil begins to cultivate and seeds are planted.

Second, we are reaching out and asking you to connect. Connect us with those that might be interested in serving. Help connect us with your church, friends and family.

Third, we are reaching out and asking you for funds. Over the next few months we will work to raise the first phase of funds and recruit volunteers in preparation to start three new sites in October. Our goal is to raise $100,000 between now and the end of the year, to help with the initial process of launching the Fort Bend County area.

God has called us to feed people physically and spiritually. For us that looks like providing a weekly hot meal and a listening ear while pointing people to Christ. The consistency of having a weekly meal is critical to building relationships and trust in order to effectively share the gospel and make disciples. Each meal costs an average of two dollars. But the impact is so crucial, even if it’s just one person who responds. How can we put a value on that person’s soul?

There are three ways you can support us financially:

  1. Pledge a monthly amount, so we can continue to be at each one of our sites faithfully each week, rain or shine, holiday or not.
  2. Make a one-time gift to help us launch Fort Bend County.
  3. Help us spread the word. Let your family, church family, and neighbors know about Feed the Need Missions and encourage them to give too.

Again, I can’t thank you enough for all the prayers, time and generosity that you have given to this ministry. I am humbled and honored to have the privilege to serve our God in the capacity He has called me to in this ministry. I look forward to seeing how He continues to use each of us to reach more people with His message and making disciples of all nations.

To learn more about our Fort Bend County launch or to donate, click here.

Blessings,

Jonah Beyer
President

 

It’s beginning to look at lot like summer!

The mercury on the thermometer continues to rise as the sun shines down upon us. As the final school bell rings and summer vacations begin, many will enjoy riding their bikes and playing with friends. Throughout the summer, they will relish in extra family time and long anticipated family vacations.

However, some will not…

Feed the Need Missions serves more meals during the summer months than any other season. This summer we are asking for your prayers as we enter this time of great opportunity to share food, water and fellowship with so many weary people. We also ask you to prayerfully consider joining us at one of our Feed The Need sites. We are in need of your helping hands and loving hearts. Come serve with us this summer! “Go out with joy and be lead forth with peace…” Isaiah 55:12

Come be a light with us and give someone a tiny piece of joy!

“People know how to talk the talk but they don’t know how to walk the walk,” Jason said. “You can’t trust very many people anymore so I just stick to myself.”

Jason has been living on the streets of Bastrop for six years. He comes to our weekly feedings for nourishment. “There’s times that I don’t eat for days,” he said. “And now that summer is coming it gets hot and I have to drink more to stay hydrated. I drink a lot of water and lemonade when I come.”

Feed the Need Missions provides cold water and lemonade at each site. During the summer months we make sure we have plenty of water for all of our visitors to stay hydrated. Like Jason said, he comes for the hydration. The hydration of water and community.

Building relationships by sharing a burger with people like Jason has allowed us to instill biblical truth in their life. Jason said, “I’m still not sure about the whole God thing, but I do learn something. Maybe one day I will get it.”