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Amplify Austin 2018

We are excited to announce that Feed the Need Missions is partnering with Amplify Austin again this year! Amplify Austin is a 24-hour day of giving and provides an exciting opportunity for our entire community to give together while helping local non-profits.

This year, our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our Bastrop-area sites as well as start new communities in the area. Join us and let’s #AmplifyFeedtheNeed and help us make an impact in our local communities!

Starting at 6:00pm on March 1, 2018, you can go to our donation page on Amplify Austin’s website and give to support Feed the Need Missions. The 24-hour day of giving ends March 2, 2018 at 6:00pm so be sure to make your donation before then.

Click here to learn more about our participation with Amplify Austin and how you can get more involved.

We’d also love to see you at the Amplify Bastrop Kick-off Party on March 1st at Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard to support Feed the Need Missions and other Bastrop non-profits that are taking part in this exciting event.

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Pray and Reflect With Us: The Month of Love

The last few weeks I can’t help but notice we are in the, “Month of Love.” Every store I enter I am bombarded with the colors red and pink, hearts and cupids, chocolates and flowers. Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to stop and appreciate the ones we love, however if we are only expressing our love once a year, we might find ourselves in trouble! Buying my wife flowers and chocolate once a year is not going to cut it. Carving out an hour once a week to spend time with her is not enough either. My love for my wife is demonstrated by spending time with her daily. Making sure that I am meeting her needs, cultivating and nurturing her heart. I need to make myself vulnerable before her.

When I think of how I am to love my wife, I can’t help but be reminded of the Author of Love, Himself. God’s love for his creation is so profound, so vast, he brought redemption to this world through Jesus. This was God’s demonstration of love. And when we are moved to respond to His love, He asks to be loved by us in return. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38

Our response to receiving God’s love is to love him fiercely in return. But if I’m honest, fierce love often looks like fleeting acknowledgements, quick prayers, a few minutes reading my bible when I can squeeze it in, and an hour or so on Sundays.

Maybe you can relate. Does your love for God seem a little flat? I think most of us can use a little heart examination concerning our love for our Creator. The beauty in doing so rests in God, the one who stirs our affections for Himself. We just need to ask Him to do so!

Join me and lets lift our hearts to the Father together:
Lord, thank you for your demonstration of love which brought hope to a hopeless world and transformed our hearts. Lord teach our hearts to beat with yours. Draw us, Lord, further into your love. May we long to be in your presence, and not allow busyness to be an excuse to neglect our first love, You. Use us to be vessels of your love in the world around us. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

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Meet a Couple: Kim and Tom Beckham

For the Love of…

Kim and Tom Beckham met in Colorado. Kim’s son from a prior marriage introduced them. They married and spent 20+ years in Colorado and then moved to Texas in 2014. They will be celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary this coming July.

Mike and Lynn Martin from the Bastrop South site invited them to come serve with Feed the Need Missions in 2014. “We’ve been blessed by the experiences and friendships at the site ever since. I love seeing the people whose needs are so high, and knowing that we are playing a small part in helping fill physical and spiritual needs.”

Kim and Tom found their love and passion in Christ, their marriage, and in serving together. This month as we celebrate Love we encourage you to find your passion just like they did.

She said, “It’s been great to build friendships with the other volunteers as well as the people who come to be served. Having the opportunity to get to know everyone and understand their journey has been a blessing to us. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Feed the Need Missions and watching lives change.”

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NOTHING IS FREE?: MEET REGINA

Regina was born and raised in Bastrop. She has six sisters, three brothers and thirty-two nieces and nephews. She was raised by both parents and was brought up going to church.

“I heard about Feed the Need Missions through Dwight (Dwight is a gentleman whose been attending for several years). I’m his caregiver, and when he told me about Feed the Need Missions I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was real quiet when I started coming. I didn’t understand why it was for free, since nothing in life is free; except Salvation. I told Dwight he was was crazy, but I was the one who was crazy by not believing him.”

After coming for a year Regina now serves at our Bastrop Feed the Need site by cutting up vegetables. Her and Dwight both stay for the bible study. Regina enjoys the bible study time because sometimes she might have to miss Sunday church. On these occasions, she can come to the site to hear God’s word and to be loved on unconditionally.

“Feed the Need Missions is a great benefit for the community. The support out here is amazing and much needed. It benefits the people and me. People come for the food and they will be fed the Word,” Regina said. Then a light bulb went off and she said “That’s why you feed people physically and spiritually! Praise God for all that you do.”

PRAY & REFLECT WITH US: A NEW YEAR

As we begin this new year, it is a time of planning, starting new goals and hoping to meet them, and reflecting on what we did or did not accomplish last year. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions mixed in with the time we spend on the busyness that the new year brings.

As I, myself go through all of these thoughts, plans, and emotions, I am reminded how fast time is flying by. As I think about how fast last year went by, and how fast this year is already moving, it gives me chills to think about verses like Psalm 39:6: “We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” This causes me to pause for a moment and look towards God. To embrace this time right here, right now with Him.

How are we spending our time in this moment, looking to what God is doing in us and around us? Are we embracing Him or already looking to the future plans we are making? Are we enjoying where we are with Him right now, or dwelling on what we did or did not accomplish last year? My encouragement and prayer for you and me is that we would spend this moment right here, right now, worshiping Him, praising Him, and sharing His message with those around us. Meet Him in what He is doing and has done for this moment of time.

Here is our hope: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20) God sent His son for this moment in time. Will you spend this moment praying with me for what God is doing right here right now? Lord thank you for saving me. You are all I need.

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Meet A Volunteer: Stanley

Stanley’s story begins as a boy living in Washington State with his parents. When his father accepted a pastoral position at a local church, Stanley and his family moved to Texas. Stanley has been divorced once and has a 16-year-old daughter.

Stanley learned about Feed the Need Missions seven years ago when he noticed signs being held up by volunteers close to the Lumberyard in downtown Bastrop. At this time, Stanley was out of work, struggling to make ends meet and in need of a hot meal. Three years after his first meal with Feed the Need Missions, Stanley began to volunteer serving meals with us to bless others. Often times you’ll find Stanley working behind the grills preparing the food to proudly serve to his Feed the Need community. Stanley will then take his food home to enjoy a hot meal with his girlfriend Janice and their dogs.

We recently asked Stanley what motivates him to come each time and serve. He answered, “Serving at Feed the Need Missions has been a positive thing in my life. I have made new friends. Friends that listen to me and help me through tough times. You guys have prayed with me several times and each time the Lord has answered the prayers. Of course in His timing. You’ve helped me find jobs and helped me with my relationship with my girlfriend. I can always count on my Feed the Need Missions family.”

We wanted to know how Feed the Need Missions has impacted his life and he responded, “to do better and to stay on track. I have met a few good men that keep me accountable and have encouraged me to do better.”

We at Feed the Need Missions are very thankful for Stanley and others like him that give of their time and talent to help keep Feed the Need Missions growing strong.

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Community Stories: Justin

Every week until the end of the year we will be sharing stories from each of our six communities. Each of our communities serve anyone who stops by, but we have noticed that at each site similar stories start to pop up. We see God using our volunteers and those that come to grow and build relationships with those in Christ. Here are just a few of the stories from our location in Justin.

Justin serves on average 115+ meals every Thursday at Justin City Park. This site is one of our newest sites and currently our only site in the Denton area. Those we serve come broken and afraid of what others will think of them. Relationships are being made with the love of Christ, and we are able to be good witnesses, a listening ear and help them through their brokenness.

 

Daniel and Brandy

Daniel and Brandy married a year ago in November. Their past has been full of addictions and abuse and they decided together they needed to move. Where to move was the question they faced. They knew they  had to get out of the devastating situation they were currently in to be able to pursue Christ again.

Through prayer the Lord told them to move to Texas. They obeyed and ended up in Justin, Texas just outside of Fort Worth. They found a house to build a stable home for their three children.

Daniel was at the library one Thursday night studying for his seminary classes. Brandon, the Feed the Need Justin Site Coordinator, walked into the library, approached Daniel and offered him food. Brandon shared about Feed the Need Missions with Daniel as they walked across the field to our new site. Little did Brandon know Brandy, Daniel’s wife, was at home recovering from a hernia surgery. When Daniel brought dinner home for the family Brandy asked, “who did this for us?” Now their family attends our site faithfully and serves their community. Daniel has even shared his testimony at the site.

“Feed the Need Missions has started filling that void. You know, the void you have when you’re trying to get your life back on track and not sure where to turn. We needed loving guidance and good friends in Justin,” Daniel said.

Brandy added, “Obviously this is divine intervention. We both had fallen away. The closer we focus on Christ the closer we come together as a couple. We are so thankful for you guys and the support you have given us. We used to be Sunday morning Christians and lived a double-faced life. We were both drinking heavy and I am a recovering drug addict, and to know we can come to a place to serve and allow healing to take place brings joy to our hearts.”


This is the kind of difference you are making when you give to support our communities.  With your help, Feed the Need Missions will continue to provide a safe place people like Daniel and Brandy can gather for a hot meal each week, a place where you see the love of Christ in action.

Can you help Feed the Need Missions continue serving each week by making a generous contribution of $25, $50, or $100 today? And if you give by the end of the year, thanks to a generous matching gift, your donation will be DOUBLED—up to $12,000—to make an even larger impact in the lives of so many people in our communities.

So don’t delay, give today so you can DOUBLE your gift and help even more people like Mike experience unconditional love.

 

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Community Stories: Stony Point

Every week until the end of the year we will be sharing stories from each of our six communities. Each of our communities serve anyone who stops by, but we have noticed that at each site similar stories start to pop up. We see God using our volunteers and those that come to grow and build relationships with those in Christ. Here are just a few of the stories from our location in Stony Point.

Stony Point serves on average 140+ meals every Monday at Stony Point Park. This area has been secluded by the county because of the high crime rate, but is now seeing the light in the darkness, literally and spiritually. The park now has lights, and is being mowed and cleaned up on a regular basis. Some areas are even getting new sewage put in. We have been able to bring people together and build relationships.

AC

Stony Point is a small area in Del Valle in the County of Bastrop. It’s an impoverished area with a lot of crime. AC has been a resident of Stony Point since 2005. He stumbled upon Feed the Need Missions by driving past the site a few times on his way home. Not knowing too many familiar faces and seeing “Free Burgers” on the side of our trailer, eventually gave AC the courage to stop by.

AC struggles with alcoholism and is trying to change his life, but has many negative influences. He said, “This is a positive place. A safe place. I can come get a burger and not have to worry about anything.”

“We see a lot of crime out here and it’s an encouragement to have you here. It’s a positive place to come and helps me become a positive person. One day one person gets killed and the next day it’s different. You never know what’s going to happen around here. People run Stony Point like there’s no law. They do what they want.”

Feed the Need Missions is a light in the darkness and allows a place for AC’s community to be safe and to hear the gospel. “Everyone needs Jesus, but it’s just hard when you’re in a dark place and live in crime,” he said. “You’re making it a better place.”

GILBERT

Gilbert and his wife have lived in Stony Point for many years. They both struggle with addiction and his wife recently graduated from Teen Challenge in San Antonio. She found friends at Feed the Need Missions she could confide in about her addiction to seek the help she needed to change her life.

Gilbert is building trust and relationships with a few men from Feed the Need Missions. We were the light in the darkness and now Jesus is the light in his darkness, and through building relationships Gilbert’s walk with Christ is becoming deeper.

His life is being changed. His addiction is being worked through and looks very successful.

 


This is the kind of difference you are making when you give to support our communities.  With your help, Feed the Need Missions will continue to provide a safe place people like AC and Gilbert can gather for a hot meal each week, a place where you see the love of Christ in action.

Can you help Feed the Need Missions continue serving each week by making a generous contribution of $25, $50, or $100 today? And if you give by the end of the year, thanks to a generous matching gift, your donation will be DOUBLED—up to $12,000—to make an even larger impact in the lives of so many people in our communities.

So don’t delay, give today so you can DOUBLE your gift and help even more people like Mike experience unconditional love.

 

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Community Stories: Giddings

Every week until the end of the year we will be sharing stories from each of our six communities. Each of our communities serve anyone who stops by, but we have noticed that at each site similar stories start to pop up. We see God using our volunteers and those that come to grow and build relationships with those in Christ. Here are just a few of the stories from our location in Giddings.

GIDDINGS serves on average 150+ meals every Sunday at the Giddings Food Pantry. There is so much brokenness within families and people in the community. We have been able to take the time to listen, build trust, and teach about forgiveness. This has allowed the community to be able to grow healthy relationships.

KATHI

Kathi serves at our Giddings location. Being in a wheel chair and not able to serve at most places, she found herself overjoyed to be able to serve.

Kathi was adopted to a loving Italian family at a young age. She was taught how to cook by her adoptive father who she dearly adored. “I wasn’t always treated the best as a child and I became bitter as I got older. I needed something more positive in my life.”

Previously coming from a church that didn’t serve the community other than trying to get people signed up for their beliefs, Kathi realized that “it’s not about brownie points or doing good things.” She now attends a church that cares for and accepts people for who they are. It is through her new church where she heard about Feed the Need Missions.

“I needed a place I could serve around positive people. I sit in my wheelchair, serve the community and share a smile. Being here brings a glow to me and warms my heart. I try to treat people the way I want to be treated. When I’m in a bad mood I just remember those that have it worse than I do. This place has helped me realize I am blessed and not to feel sorry for myself.”

Kathi came wanting community and a place she could get involved. And she has now found a place where she can serve. “You guys even lower one of the tables for me so I can serve. You don’t have to do, but you choose to, that’s Christ love,” she said.

THE GARCIA FAMILY

The Garcia Family has been serving at our Giddings location for two years. They live on the outskirts of Giddings in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. Adrianna (mom) and Jose (dad) have four children: Pablo, Adrianna, Angela and Jose. They attend a local Catholic church in Giddings.

Feed the Need Missions started out serving the family. Then after a few weeks the kids would serve while mom observed. A few months passed and Mrs. Garcia started serving with her children, and now Mr. Garcia comes to grill.

Angela (9 years old) said, “I like to come for the people. And the burger too, but I like to serve.” Mrs. Garcia takes the leftover food and gives it out to their community. She gives so much to those in her community while they struggle themselves. Mrs. Garcia has also opened her home to several of the volunteers for many occasions, even despite the language barrier.

 


This is the kind of difference you are making when you give to support our communities.  With your help, Feed the Need Missions will continue to provide a safe place people like Kathi and The Garcia Family can gather for a hot meal each week, a place where you see the love of Christ in action.

Can you help Feed the Need Missions continue serving each week by making a generous contribution of $25, $50, or $100 today? And if you give by the end of the year, thanks to a generous matching gift, your donation will be DOUBLED—up to $12,000—to make an even larger impact in the lives of so many people in our communities.

So don’t delay, give today so you can DOUBLE your gift and help even more people like Mike experience unconditional love.

 

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Christmas Happenings

Feed the Need Missions will be serving a special Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in place of our normal weekly meal. Bring your family and friends for a great celebration of Christ’s birth and fellowship and enjoy a hot meal together.

Site locations and times for the Bastrop Area:

Smithville
Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Set up at 4:00pm
THE NEIGHBOR PLACE AT HART’S CHAPEL
206 Prima St.
Smithville, TX 78957

Bastrop North
Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Set up at 4:00pm
BY THE APARTMENTS ON LINDEN
603 Linden St
Bastrop, TX 78602

Giddings
Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Set up at 4:00pm
GIDDINGS FOOD PANTRY
190 N. Harris
Giddings, TX 78942

Bastrop South
Monday from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Set up at 4:00pm
PRIMERA BAPTIST CHURCH
301 Paul C Bell St
Bastrop, TX 78602

Stony Point
Monday from 5:30pm-6:30pm, Set up at 4:30pm
STONY POINT PARK
121 Stony Creek Dr
Del Valle, TX 78617

Those who would like to participate in volunteering with us on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day please email Jace Allen at jace.allen@feedtheneed.org.


BASTROP COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Look what’s happening in Bastrop County! There are plenty of places to serve and organizations that are giving back. You can too! Donate your time, give back and serve your community by joining/partnering with any of the listings. All community happenings are not facilitated with Feed the Need Missions, we are just helping spread the word.

Operation Christmas Cop

Bastrop Police Department is partnering with the community to make children’s wishes come true this Christmas. They are accepting applications until November 30, 2017 at 3:00pm. All applicants must reside inside the city limits of Bastrop. Fill out your application at the Bastrop Police Department located at 304 Grady Truck Lane and be sure to include one form of identification: Drivers License, Passport etc. AND one current bill with City of Bastrop address: Utility Bill, Cable Bill etc.

Ways to get involved:
Operation Christmas Cop is also accepting financial donations and NEW unwrapped gifts. Simply drop off your donations at the Bastrop Police Department: Operation Christmas Cop.

Vato Claus is Coming to Town

In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry Evangelist Nava will be coming to your neighborhood to deliver gifts on Christmas Day with the first stop on Linden St. in Bastrop and all through the town. Last stop will be in Stony Point at Duron’s Grocery Store. Times of drop off’s is still being determined. To sign up to receive gifts you can contact or call In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry at 281-318-9539.

Ways to get involved:
Donate new toys for ages newborn to 17 to the toy drive. Please make sure all gifts are UNWRAPPED. All toys can be dropped off at the following location: The Open Door Soup Kitchen located at 987 State Highway 95 in Bastrop.

Primera Baptist Church Christmas Extravaganza

Every year Primera Baptist Church serves the community by hosting a Christmas Extravaganza. On December 16, 2017 from 9am-12pm they will be giving away Christmas gifts and coats to those who are already registered with Primera Baptist (registration deadline is closed). Refreshments and snacks will be available to the patrons.

The Food Pantry at the church will be open for anybody who is eligible or wishes to sign up to receive free groceries on the same day from 9am-12pm at Primera Baptist Church located at 301 Paul C Bell St. in Bastrop.

Ways to get involved:
Primera Baptist is looking for people to make some pastries for the refreshment table on December 16. They are also in need of donated gifts. Please make sure all gifts have age (0-99), gender, and size (if applicable). For more information contact Erika at 512-731-2178.

Blue Santa of Smithville

Blue Santa Applications are available for pick up at the Smithville Police Department. Application deadline is December 1, 2017. You must live within the Smithville school district and provide necessary documentation to qualify. Children must be 12 years and under.

Ways to get involved:
If you would like to help make wishes come true please donate gifts or money to the Smithville Police Department.