This Easter ALL OF our sites will be experiencing what the Resurrection Egg is all about through the Easter Story during Easter week. We are excited to share the gospel through eggs with those who are interested! Each site will have additional fun activities to participate in as well.

Easter is the most important holiday for Christians because it commemorates their belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth early in the first century A.D. We believe Jesus’ suffering and death were necessary to bring people back to God, and that he will return again one day. Secular Americans celebrate Easter with the Easter Bunny and egg hunts. Because eggs at Easter are familiar to children, resurrection egg kits are an easy way to explain the death and resurrection of Jesus. Each plastic egg contains an object that helps to tell a part of the story.

What a fun time for you and your family too. Take the time to read the Resurrection Story found in Matthew 21. If you are unfamiliar with the Resurrection Story there are so many resources online that you could find. You can even make your own Resurrection Eggs or purchase them online.

We also greatly appreciate your prayers this Easter! As we share about the Resurrection of Christ, we ask that you pray for those receiving and for lives to be changed for ever during this Easter Holiday. All of us at Feed the Need Missions hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Feed the Need Missions has a team on the ground serving those affected by the devastating tornado that ripped through Franklin, Texas and beyond. We are serving hot meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to tornado victims, volunteers, first responders…really anyone who needs some nourishment, both physically and spiritually.

Your help is greatly needed at this time.

VOLUNTEERS

We need hands to come help prep and serve food, as well as lend a listening ear to those who might need it. We are serving three meals a day until we are no longer being utilized by the city of Franklin. This could be a couple days or even weeks. But the need is immediate as we currently have a couple people on the ground and it is very hard to keep up with the need.

UPDATE 4/18/19: Our team has moved from the First Baptist Church and is now set up at the Franklin Food Pantry located at 201 S Calvert St, Franklin, TX 77856 to be closer to the heart of the disaster where there is more need. We are serving from 6:30am – 9pm. Please be mindful that you will be responsible for finding a place to sleep if you plan to stay a couple days. We also encourage you, if possible, to review over our Volunteer Orientation if you have not done so before heading to Franklin.

Your flexibility and patience is also appreciated. Disaster relief is never straightforward and plans can change quickly. Please contact Jason Bray at 888-511-7173 x202 with any questions you might have.

DONATIONS

Your financial support is also very needed so we can provide enough food and supplies for anyone who stops by. We have set up a donation page specifically for our Franklin, Texas Tornado relief efforts. Click here to give today.

UPDATE: We also created a supplies list with specific items we use for our disaster relief efforts. The list can be found here.

PRAYERS

Please pray for the individuals and families that have been affected by this terrible disaster. Many homes have been lost and the city has a long rebuilding process ahead of them.

Also pray for our team on the ground. For strength and energy to keep going even when they are tired. And for wisdom and discernment as they talk with those in the thick of it in Franklin.

Thank you, Feed the Need family, for your support each week, and during these times of disaster. You are truly a blessing to so many.

Brandy has been serving at the Justin site since 2017. Her and her husband Daniel accepted the Site Coordinator role this past year. Brandy has struggled with addiction and depression throughout her young adult life. The past three years Brandy has been working diligently to get her life back on track.

Because of her transformation, her struggles are far less dramatic compared to when she first started serving with Feed the Need Missions. “I have come to realize I truly am a new creature in Christ and the OLD really has GONE. Today, I focus on moving past what I used to be, and growing more into who I want to be. Feed the Need Missions has offered encouragement and accountability in my victories and struggles. It has truly become my forever family,” she said.

Feed the Need Missions has led her to grow in Christ by offering a discussion with lessons during Table Talk each week. Brandy said, “It has inspired my growth through scripture, fellowship, and prayer. I have grown in Christ through this ministry by loving volunteers and others who participate in the community.”

“I am gratefully thankful for Feed the Need Missions in helping me see who I really am, learning more about Jesus, and the transformation that has happened in my life.”

We all want to lead a life that is exciting and happy, don’t we? With all the stresses we face daily at work and in our personal lives, it is good to find avenues to blow off steam and get the zeal and excitement back to our lives. In other words, we find ways to transform our minds and lifestyles to achieve the happiness that we all desire and deserve.

Truly transformed lives begin with the gospel message of Christ. His Word is where the real transforming power is. It is the gospel that brings us salvation: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17).

Transformed lives are not about being perfect. They’re about effort. When you implement that effort into your life, every single day, that’s when a transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. Make the change to follow Christ now.

Pray with us as we focus on Transforming those we serve. Transformation is not a method, but there are things we can do to welcome and foster the work of God in reshaping His chosen children.

Open House is still going strong! For the entire month of March every one of our sites are open for you to come check out what God is doing in our communities. We welcome you to join us at any of our locations. Click the site link for location addresses and times.

Open House Opportunities Dates and Sites

MONDAY
Bastrop South
Stony Point

TUESDAY
Newark

THURSDAY
Justin

SUNDAY
Bastrop North
Giddings
Smithville

And..

Feed the Need Missions has been busy preparing for our upcoming trainings! We would like to invite you to come to a training in April. Checkout out our training landing page for a training in your area.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House and Site Training events! 

Cindy was born and raised in Mississippi. After 27 years of marriage and three beautiful adult children, she found herself divorced and alone. The downward cycle in her life started. She began to question her own worth, feeling thrown aside her whole life.

“After several years of self pity I put myself back into Church” she said. Every Sunday, she kept feeling this little tug, “Do something, Anything.” Cindy wasn’t sure what that “something” was so she ignored it for some time, knowing she needed to give of herself in some way.

A little over a year ago, after emptying her home and selling almost everything she had, she moved to Bastrop to be closer to her kids. Life can get very lonely living in a town where you are a stranger. Cindy would see her kids once a week or so, but had no other commitments the rest of the week. One day, she bit the bullet and came to a training to learn more about Feed the Need Missions.

“I have been with Feed the Need Missions around nine months now. Getting involved changed my perspective. It’s very easy to lose proper focus and dwell on the wrong things. It’s so easy to feel sorry for yourself. Until which time you realize, you have everything you need in Jesus. Getting involved helped me see that,” she said.

“At the site, I am amazed at our volunteers. I see the love in the eyes of each helper, something that didn’t happen over night but has taken time to develop. The hugs and the laughs and the tears are priceless. In the short time I have been a part of Feed The Need Mission, I have seen more and more people stay for Table Talk, because they want more. I see more people sharing their story because it is a very loving and comfortable setting. It has always amazed me, that it doesn’t matter if one person wants ten burgers and ten hot dogs, we never run out! That is Divine, not proper planning. Gods work is being done,” Cindy said.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”’ Mark 12:30-31

God loves generously and super abundantly. He loves even though He gains nothing by loving. He loves not from any sort of obligation or need, but simply because love is good, and God is love.

We should love God. It is right and just for us to do so. God is our Creator. He is our Redeemer. He is our Sanctifier. He has given us more than we ever deserved and promises us even more in heaven. For us to not love God would be injustice. Loving God is our duty.

We have no such obligation to love our neighbor, except that God told us that we should. Our neighbor doesn’t create us. Our neighbor can’t redeem us. But our neighbor can sanctify us if by loving our neighbor with no expectation of reward, we learn to love as God loves — freely, selflessly, and abundantly.

Every time God puts a NEIGHBOR (person) in your life, He is giving you an opportunity to grow in love and become more like Him. When we love one another, the divine image shines more brightly within us. That is why Feed the Need Missions’ mission is to love our neighbors by feeding them physically and spiritually.

Strictly speaking we need to love our neighbor .

Lisa currently serves at our Bastrop South site with her husband Jeff. They have four wonderful children.

She became aware of Feed the Need Missions through Jason, Vice President of Feed the Need Missions, who attends the same church as Lisa and Jeff. Upon getting re-married to Jeff, she fortunately did not have to continuing working, therefore she’s able to volunteer her time at several worthy organizations.

“I have been serving with Feed the Need Missions for a few months, but it has truly impacted me. I have always struggled being around people who are “different” than me, or what I am used to. I get uncomfortable and do not know how to act or what to say,” she said. Feed the Need Missions provided the platform to help her reach outside of her comfort zone.

“I have prayed and been granted the ability to see others thru the eyes of Christ. I’m naturally a compassionate person, but this organization allows me the opportunity to truly be a disciple. I have become less judgmental, more compassionate, and happier! I have seen God moving in those we serve,” Lisa added.

1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”

This short verse offers profound words. People do not wake up one day and decide to love (Romans 3:10). God is love, created love, and loved us first. We are not to take credit for the love we have and show to others. God loved us, before we were capable of loving Him, and we can only love others because of what He has done in our lives.

Love is not merely a mutual affection between us and God. It must also include love for others. This is the Great Commandment which involves loving God fully and loving our neighbor as yourself. This is why Feed the Need Missions exist. This teaching is also based upon the ancient Shema, (our sites learned about during Table Talk) from Deuteronomy 6:4–5: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” The same is seen in Leviticus 19:18: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

As we pray for you this February to love like Christ, will you pray for our staff and volunteers to continue to put Christ first in our lives so we can continue to love those we serve unconditionally? We appreciate you!

Feed the Need Missions’ ministry is simply, to feed people. We provide a hot meal on a weekly basis in communities across Texas. This weekly meal allows us to build long-lasting relationships and proclaim the love and message of Christ.

Feed the Need Missions depends on our volunteers. Without our dedicated team of volunteers, we would not be able to serve our communities like we do.

We need your help! Join us in your community or surrounding area. Come check out the site and serve with us and you will be hooked!

Check out what a few of our volunteers have said about Feed the Need Missions:

“You guys have helped me by feeding me and being there for me. I love the fellowship.” – Henry, Bastrop South Site

“My favorite part of Feed the Need Missions is the prayer warriors. We are quick to see someone in need, maybe with their budget – needing food or maybe with their health – needing a touch from the Lord.” – Brandy, Justin Site

“Feed the Need Missions has helped me with my relationship with Christ. It’s my new family. I enjoy being with the volunteers and their excitement about serving and being Christ like!” -Joseph, Giddings Site

“You guys have been there for me for several years now. You’re my family and are always there when I need something, especially prayer. I love to serve and Feed the Need Missions provided the outlet to serve.” -Eunice (momma), Bastrop North Site

“I love to see the smiles on kids face when they come for a burger. I feel like I am doing something good for my community.” -Alma, Stony Point Site

“God tells us to feed, and we feed. He tells us to make His name known, and we do. He tells us to love and pray for others, and that’s my favorite part. Feed the Need Missions has impacted my life and has show me how to be a more compassionate person.” – Christy, Storyteller

“We love because He first loved us, can’t get any better than that. We love on folks and watch God change their hearts through a burger.” – Tim, Smithville Site

“My heart is full when I serve at Feed the Need Missions. It’s simple and has changed my life.” – Ronnette, Newark Site

“We all struggle and want to be heard. Feed the Need Missions has created that platform to allow us (volunteers) and them (those we serve) to be prayed for and do life with. It brings me hope week after week.” – Larry, Bastrop South Site

“Love God and Love Neighbor are two sides of the same coin. Inseparable. Feed the Need Missions volunteers are a shining example of this.” – Brandon, N. Ft Worth Area Program Coordinator

Each of us have unique talents and gifts to share with our communities. Feed the Need Missions provides a simple, yet powerful way to serve in a loving environment. Join us and make a difference beside others who also have a heart for Jesus, and love for people. Find your community meeting place today, and begin your journey making difference with Feed the Need Missions!