Just a few short minutes before this photo was taken, Henry was diligently working with our grilling team to help feed others who come to Feed the Need Missions Bastrop South Site. “I started coming a year ago and I wasn’t able to financially make it here every week, so I came when I was able too,” Henry said. “Because of giving back, God has blessed me with side jobs so I’ve been able to come more regularly.”

Henry comes to our Bastrop South Site to feed himself both physically and spiritually. He looks forward to our Table Talk time and enjoys the weekly fellowship. With a smile on his face he said “You guys have helped me by feeding me and being there for me. I love the fellowship and being able to stay for Table Talk.”

“If I can, I like to do what I can to help. I take food to my neighbors and an elderly couple whose wife has dementia. I am now better equipped to share the gospel with them when I drop their food off,” he said.

Feed the Need Missions is grateful for people like Henry who work beside us to provide for our community. Click HERE to find a site near you and join us in Feeding The Need.

Enduring the loss of loved ones, surviving two floods, and rebuilding their life after three wildfires, has certainly taken its toll on Mike and Jane Haley. While the fires were angry and consuming every thought, every second, every ounce of positivity from the Haleys, God brought Feed The Need Missions exactly where He needed them to be.

On October 13th, 2015 the “Hidden Pines Fire” began its raging descent across Bastrop. The Haleys quickly were rendered helpless with the loss of water and electricity. Daily, Jane would leave their home to visit the Smithville Fire Department and fill plastic containers. On one of those exhausting trips a thin, blue-eyed young man name Bryan offered to assist Jane in filling the water jugs and carried them to her car. He shared with Mary that his mother had been in the fire zone and he spoke of God’s goodness and His protection. Jane was finding it difficult to think of a protective and good God; especially when a fireman confirmed, “It’s headed your way.” Bryan comforted Jane with a sweet smile and a promise of prayer.

It was a surreal environment at home as Jane and Mike gathered what they regarded as most important while grimly watching their cattle herded into trailers and taken away. From their porch, they watched the smoke as it approached, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters dropping water on the growing fire, and a DC3 jet dropping orange retardant. Despite all these efforts, the fire continued to rage closer.

One morning, Jane and Mike simply wanted coffee. Driving into Smithville once again, they noticed people outside the Smithville Recreation Center. Our Feed The Need Missions crew quickly greeted them with breakfast and coffee. Jane and Mike were so touched they asked to join the team for lunch preparations. Joining hands with Feed The Need Missions provided a positive environment for Jane and Mike to be distracted, if only for a little while.

Later that night Bryan and Barb delivered a warm dinner, encouragement, and friendship to the Haley’s home. Overwhelmed once again with the ‘impossible generosity of strangers’, Jane and Mike hardly had words to express their gratitude for a hot dinner prepared by servant hands.

The Haleys returned the next day for breakfast and again stayed to prepare for lunch. As they were standing in the line serving, Mike received THE call on his cell stating, “If you have anything of value in your home, get it and get out now.” The fire was coming, and they had to get home immediately to get their bags, dogs and cats and leave. Despite the busy lunch rush the Feed The Need Missions Team surrounded Jane and Mike embracing them as they trembled and wept lifting them up in prayer.

Jane said, “What is of utmost importance to understand in our story is during deeply traumatic times, it was the over-riding blessings, being touched by something so great and outside of ourselves, the continuous encompassing demonstration of unconditional love by those in Feed The Need Missions that fed, encouraged and elevated our spirits. “Truly, the Feed the Need volunteers were the ‘outstretched hands and feet of Christ.’ They loved without question, served without hesitation and prayed in the face of obvious improbability.”

 


Help us be prepared for the unthinkable today.

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? Since 2011 Feed the Need Missions has served communities hit with devastating floods, tornadoes, fires, and hurricanes with a hot meal, listening ear, and encouragement.

Can you help us be prepared to respond to the next disaster and make a donation today? Your gift of $10, $25, or $50 will help us respond quicker and serve more people when disaster strikes.

While we never hope for a disaster, we know your support will help us be even more prepared to respond when disaster does come our way.

 

This year’s The Beyond Gala was a roaring good time! We are so thankful for everyone who was able to come out and support Feed the Need Missions that night.

Our event this year raised $44,000, our best response to this event yet! This income, as well as donations we have already raised, puts us well on our way of meeting our goal of $180,260 to cover our Bastrop-area sites for next year.

If you weren’t able to attend our event, it’s not too late to give. Would you consider making a monthly commitment of $20 or even $100? Your generosity will make a difference in so many people’s lives now and for the year to come. Simply click the donate button at the bottom to give today.

We LOVED seeing everyone in their fancy “Roaring Twenties” attire, it was even better than we could have imagined. Check out the awesome video recap of the evening above and view the photos from our photo booth from the event. It truly was a fun and festive evening!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our organization this past weekend at The Beyond Gala. We loved seeing so many new and familiar faces, and we can’t wait to see what God does through your generosity this next year.

 

Thank you to Joshua Helms for the video and Madison Grace for the photo booth photos.

Feed the Need Missions has started a new series called Table Talk each week at two of our sites. Table Talk is designed to help foster conversations about God’s Word and the Gospel. During our time together, we watch a short video about a section of the Bible or word study, followed by a discussion time about what we learned.

How exciting is that?

Want to know what’s even more exciting? This past week we saw a video on the book of Leviticus and the sacrifices. As we were talking about the sacrifices a young lady was overwhelmed by the idea of all the sacrifices and asked “since that is in the bible do we still have to do that today?” This provided a great opportunity to share the Gospel showing how Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. The look on her face as it all came into perspective was so moving.

This then led to discussions about baptism. Because of that discussion, we now have serval people that have learned it’s time for them to get baptized! Praise Jesus! God is and will continue to do great things through Table Talk!

Scripture tells us in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What an exciting time for the people coming to our sites!

Training is essential to help maintain consistency in the mission God has called us to. We have designed four levels of training to help equip and empower volunteers to be effective in Feed the Need Missions.

Currently for August we have three scheduled training opportunities: August 11th, August 18th, and August 31st. These training sessions are for anyone who wants to learn more about Feed the Need Missions and for existing volunteers. Children are welcome to participate and a light lunch will be served.

Join us for one of the training sessions in your area.

SITE TRAINING INFORMATION

Bastrop Area: Site Volunteer Training
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm

Bastrop Christian Church
1106 Church Street
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Please contact Jace Allen at 512-621-9928 to RSVP or with questions.

Ft Bend Area: Leadership Training
Saturday, August 18th 9:00am – 12:00pm

Sobre a Rocha
22123 Katy Freeway
Katy, Texas 77450

Please contact Gustavo at 713-518-3275 or Jonah Beyer at 512-988-8365 to RSVP or with questions.

Denton Area: Leadership Training
Friday, August 31st, 2018
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Private Residence
12216 Arbor Lake Road
Rhome, Texas 76078

Please contact Brandon Phifer at 214-535-6373 to RSVP or with questions.

It’s that time again, time for another exciting Taco Tuesday in Bastrop! This quarter we are partnering with Bastrop Christian Church for a time of fellowship over some delicious tacos, while we raise awareness about what Feed the Need Missions is doing in our community.

Taco Tuesday will be July 24th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, (or until we run out of food). Please invite your friends, we can’t wait to see you there!

TACO TUESDAY

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Bastrop Christian Church
1106 Church Street
Bastrop, TX 78602

“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.”

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.

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.

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