DARRINGTON PRISON

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.

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PRAY & REFLECT WITH US: WELCOME SUMMER

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.

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Fort Bend County Here We Come!

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

 

PRAY & REFLECT WITH US: SUMMERTIME PRAYER

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!

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I HAVE TO STAY HYDRATED

“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.”

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MEET A VOLUNTEER: ALMA

Alma is a single mom to Jacqueline, her 19 year old daughter from Stony Point. She got pregnant at the age of 22 and continues to raise her daughter on her own with the help of family. She was born in Mexico and came to Texas when she was just a year old.

In May of 2019 Feed the Need Missions will celebrate two years of serving the Stony Point community were Alma and Jacqueline reside. Alma joined us one evening for food and fellowship and three weeks later she began serving on the food line where she’s now the “line leader.” “Serving fills my heart with joy. I like seeing the people gather together,” Alma said.

Alma came to the site physically hungry, but also struggling with brokenness. Growing up in poverty and living with her parents and siblings, she was wanting to help her community but didn’t know how. “There’s a lot of crime here and kids running everywhere that are hungry,” she said. “All I wanted to do was help people, and now I can because you guys come and spend time with us when it seems like no one cares for our community.”

And then..

Just a few weeks after Alma began serving at the Stony Point site, her daddy passed away and she found herself depressed and not having anyone to talk too. “You guys were here for me,” she said. “I can come here and know that I am with people who care about me. You helped me through a tough time. Thanks for being there.”

Thank you Alma! Feed the Need Missions is proud to have you on our team.

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SITE VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Feed the Need Missions would like to invite you to join us for our quarterly volunteer training. If you are interested in serving and/or finding out more information about Feed the Need Missions we would love for you to be our guest. For those of you who are currently serving come participate in the training to receive updated information.

Please arrive a few minutes early to get checked in. Lunch will be provided and children are welcome to participate in our training.

SITE TRAINING INFORMATION

Saturday, April 28, 2018
11:00am – 2:00pm

River Valley Christian Fellowship
1224 TX-71
Bastrop, TX 78602

Please contact Jace Allen to RSVP and for questions at 512-621-9928.

PRAY AND REFLECT WITH US: SPRING RENEWAL

Spring is my favorite time of year!

Spring is the time to open my windows and let the cool breeze blow through my house to clean out all the musky smells of winter. It’s the time of year that flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the grass starts turning green. It’s when neighbors start coming outdoors to mow their lawns, the sound of children playing, and the smell of neighborhood cook-outs please my senses.

Spring rings renewal and community in my heart!

As Spring is here, I pray that each of us take time to….

  • Allow God to come through our lives to remove the musky smells of winter. As Psalms 51:10 states, “create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
  • Take time to glorify God for His creation. As Psalms 8:3-5 states, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
  • Build relationships with your neighbors. As Jesus says in Mark 12:31, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

With these thoughts in mind, please be in continual prayer for Feed the Needs Missions staff, leadership, donors and volunteers to continually allow God to create a clean heart within them, to give God all the glory, and continue to have a steadfast spirit to love their neighbors as themselves.

Thank you for praying along side us!

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TACO TUESDAY

Feed the Need Missions is partnering with local churches to start a Taco Tuesday event once per quarter! For those of you who might have been living in a non-taco world and are clueless as to what this day entails, let me enlighten you:

Taco Tuesday is a day when we get to all come together for the love of tacos and rejoice in meaty-taco-goodness at a local church. As if Taco Tuesday was not enough, we also get to enjoy fellowship and raise awareness about Feed the Need Missions! Tacos for the win!

Let’s get excited! Our first Taco Tuesday event will be April 24th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, (or until we run out of these delicious creations). Join us at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bastrop to fill your belly with tacos!

TACO TUESDAY

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
202 TX-71
Bastrop, TX 78602

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MY MISSION IS HERE

In 1986 David accepted Christ after marrying his wife at the age of 18. He and his wife were deployed to Korea where David was a medic for 7 years. He was released from the Army because of a heart condition.

Years after his heart diagnosis, he was in a tragic car accident that caused brain damage to the right side of his brain that has left him paralyzed. Not being able to have full range of motion to the left side of his body has caused David many limitations and he’s currently homeless.

David refuses to let his physical limitations stop him from doing what he loves to do; sharing the gospel. “I wanted to be an overseas missionary and because of my heart issue I wasn’t able too. My mission is here”, he says of our Feed the Need Smithville Site. “I tell people about God everywhere I go. I don’t care about nationality or what they look like. I also let them know that God loves them and there’s nothing to frown about.”

We are encouraged by David’s servant heart and inspired by his faith and love for our Savior, despite his own personal hardships. Thank you David for sharing Jesus!