Donna has been serving with Feed the Need Missions over the past few months when she’s in Bastrop. She has attended the last two Galas and this year will be attending her third. “My mom has brought me back to Bastrop because of her health. I went for the training and when I’m in Bastrop I come to serve and participate,” she said. “I currently live in Florida. My husband is involved serving and I wanted something more to do while I’m here in Bastrop.”

With a joyful heart Donna shared this “I’m starting to build relationships little by little. I had the impression there wasn’t as many homeless in Bastrop. I am learning more about people that I wouldn’t usually talk to. You guys are meeting more than just a physical need. Your helping with social, and emotional needs as well. I am grateful to be here with my new friends. It brings me a lot of joy.”

We are so excited to announce some great news! Rebecca (Barker) Bishop and her husband Chance are the new site coordinators at the Bastrop North location on Linden Street. Feed the Need Missions is honored to have Rebecca back as a lead volunteer. Rebecca previously served as a site coordinator at our Bastrop South location.

“I love the sense of community that develops after having been an operational site for awhile. You start to see change in the neighborhood itself and relationships forming between people who might not naturally be friends,” Rebecca said. We look forward to seeing how God is going to use Rebecca and Chance!

Stop by and say hello to Rebecca and Chance! They would love to see your friendly smile, and put you to work, or enjoy a burger with you. The Bastrop North site meets on Sunday evenings at 5pm. Set up begins at 4pm. You can find Feed the Need Bastrop North located off of Linden Street in downtown Bastrop at 603 Linden Street. We hope to see you there!

July and August are the two hottest months in Texas. Check out this article to learn more about how you can stay cool.

Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Other resources: Do you know the difference between a Heat Outlook, Watch, & Warning? Learn about them today. 

Summer is here and we have a few important things for you to keep in mind to help “Beat the Heat” and how Feed the Need Missions is going to help the communities we serve.

According to an article from the City of Houston Health Department, people die each year from extreme heat. And some suffer from serious physical illnesses because of the high heat and humidity in Texas.

Here are a few physical illnesses to watch for during extreme heat temperatures:

  • HEAT EXHAUSTION is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt contained in sweat. The most prone to heat exhaustion are the elderly, people with high blood pressure and people working or exercising in high heat. The symptoms of heat exhaustion include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting. The skin may be cool and moist. The victims pulse rate will be fast and weak and breathing will be fast and shallow. If untreated, heat exhaustion may lead to heat stroke.
  • HEAT CRAMPS usually affect people who sweat heavily during strenuous activity. Sweating depletes the bodies salt and moisture. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms, usually in the abdomen, arms or legs, that may occur in association with strenuous activity. If the person has heart problems or is on a low sodium diet, medical attention is necessary.
  • HEAT STROKE occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher in ten to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given quickly. The victim is unlikely to complain due to the confusion caused by heat stroke therefore it is very important to notice if changes in mental status occur.

If you experience any of these please seek emergency help immediately.

 

What is Feed the Need Missions doing to help “Beat the Heat”?

Join us the second week in July at a site closest to you for watermelon and popsicles! Come cool off with us with a sweet treat and, of course, a free meal.

The Vasquez family of seven struggles to make ends meet. During the school year, the free and reduced feeding programs at school make meals easier for their family. Now that summer is coming, they frequently eat their dinners with us at Feed the Need Missions on Sundays at the Bastrop North site.

“We are a large family. My husband works full time and I take care of the children. Sometimes it’s hard to feed 7 people and during the summer it’s even harder. We like to come for free burgers. It helps my family so much. I can’t buy much meat during the summer because I have to buy more food for us. Thank you so much for feeding us.”

The Vasquez family has been coming to the Bastrop North site for the past 2 years. “Sometimes my children like to come and serve with you. It’s a way we can say thank you.”

Mike has been coming to the Bastrop North site for a few years. When he first started coming he was very shy and wouldn’t talk to anyone. Over the years, trust has been built and he’s now more comfortable talking with us.

He’s currently living in Elgin, but still comes to the site when he’s in town. On a recent visit to our site he was asked how he was doing. With a smile on his face he replied, “Good. I’m living in Elgin with some friends, and looking for a job.” Mike enjoys life and loves to walk around the community listening to his favorite music.

“How has Feed the Need Missions helped you,” we asked him. “You give me food, friends and hope” he replied. Please continue to pray for Mike as he seeks for a job, and also for peace and comfort in the Lord.

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.

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.

Christmastime is here and, like every year, Feed the Need Missions will still be out there serving our communities even on a special holiday, like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to come serve with us. We will be serving our regular weekly meal along with some sweet treats. And this is where we need your extra holiday help!

We are asking you to join us to make some sweet treats to bless those we serve during the Christmas season. These can be cookies, cupcakes, pies…whatever your Christmas treat heart desires. Bring your treats the day your local site meets, and we will hand them out that evening. And while you’re at it, why not stay and serve with us that day? What an incredible way to give back to your community this holiday season.

Each site has a specific set up time, serving time and clean up time. Please see below for the days we will be serving up some special Christmas treats at our sites. Click the site link for location addresses and times.

Christmas Serving Opportunities Dates and Sites

DECEMBER 23, 2018
Bastrop North
Giddings
Smithville

DECEMBER 24, 2018
Bastrop South
Stony Point

DECEMBER 25, 2018
Newark

DECEMBER 27, 2018
Justin

Have a very bright and Merry Christmas! And thank you for joining with us and spreading a little more Christmas cheer.