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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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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.

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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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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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MEET A VOLUNTEER: 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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MEET A VOLUNTEER: 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.”

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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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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.

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Community Stories: Bastrop North

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 Bastrop North.

BASTROP NORTH serves on average 180+ meals every Sunday at the Bastrop Housing Authority. There used to be many fights and drug-related incidents in the area, and police officials were called on a regular basis. Since we have started serving here, we have seen the community come together and people are finding hope and seeing positive changes in the area.

 

EUNICE

Eunice has been serving with Feed the Need Missions for four years. She started coming to Feed the Need Bastrop North when the site first started. She lives right down the street from our site and was interested in what was going on down her street every week. She came for a burger about two months after we started the site.

Eunice lives with her daughter in the Housing Authority of Bastrop. She has many medical difficulties and on a fixed income. Her and her daughter moved to Texas 17 years ago and her daughter was helping take care of her, until her daughter became sick. Now Eunice is her caregiver.

Now that Feed the Need is not even a half block away from their residence, Eunice is able to take food back to her daughter where they sit and eat together. Eunice said “Now we can actually sit together and have a meal that I don’t have to cook up and clean up. We can actually sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company.”

“I have an opportunity to come into the community to do a positive thing. I can now serve those in need too. I sit at home a lot of times with nothing to do. Getting out has helped me mentally and physically,” she said with a smile and holding her heart.

Eunice is now serving on the line with us, and is a prayer warrior for those that come and need prayer. Eunice is getting involved in the lives of those in her community through a burger. She said, “Feed the Need Missions is my family now. I have lost my mother and all of my siblings. This has helped me stay positive and know that people care and bring hope. I can share that hope with others. You’re all a blessing.”

 

GAYLA

“My name is Gayla and I live in Bastrop. I have attended several of the Feed the Need sites, but I now live closer to the Bastrop North site.”

Gayla lost her husband a few months after she started attending. She was having a hard time adjusting to this huge change, and some of our volunteers noticed. A few of the ladies from Feed the Need Missions reached out to her, and several came together to make the meal for the memorial service, while others helped pack her house for a fresh start. “You were all I had except for a few of my children. I had nowhere to turn and you have been there for me through everything,” she said.

“Now I come so I don’t have to cook, but to also see everyone. I have hope again and my relationship with God is growing. It takes dedicated and true people to come out here every week and serve,” she included.

 


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 Eunice and Gayla 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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Thanksgiving Happenings: Updates

Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day our Feed the Need Justin site will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to it’s community. The site will be having a potluck style classic Thanksgiving Dinner from 5pm-6pm. If you’re in the Ft Worth area and you and your family need a hot meal or a place to serve on Thanksgiving, join us at 415 N College Avenue Justin, TX at the Justin City Park.

Thanksgiving Boxed Dinner Giveaway

Feed the Need Missions had the opportunity to partner with Primera Baptist Church this past weekend and provided 220 turkeys for their food pantry distribution. In addition, each Feed the Need site in the Bastrop Area registered families for Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway meals. With your help, we were able to make 140 meal bags and pass out another 210 turkeys, for a total of 430 turkeys.

One dad that stopped by recently lost his job, and he was so thankful to be able to still provide a Thanksgiving meal for his family. His family thanks everyone who has been a part of Feed the Need. “I can’t believe you did this,” his son said while helping him with groceries to his van.

What a blessing it is to know that many families will be able to cook a Thanksgiving meal together!