2020 was a record year for the Feed the Need Missions Gobble Kit program.

Over the course of four Gobble Kit distribution days in November, we served Thanksgiving meal kits to eight Texas communities, with the help of more than 250 volunteers, made possible by financial support from more than 350 donors. We distributed a record 764 Gobble Kits, praying over every single guest. While the statistics are exciting because they show the growing breadth of our program, it is the personal experiences that show the depth and impact. Read on to hear a few touching stories from those involved in this year’s program. 




The Blessing of Service: Volunteer Testimonies 

We are beyond grateful for our incredible volunteers, many who began helping months before the actual Gobble Kit distribution. From sorting, organizing, promotion and logistics to praying, visiting, and sharing the Gospel—these people went above and beyond to feed people physically and spiritually. As you read their stories, you’ll find the common thread that as they blessed others, they were equally refreshed and blessed.


Jeanette
from Bastrop South shared, “being able to sign people up and check them off the list made me feel so blessed. The fact that this program does so much for others, makes me so grateful. I thought it was wonderful and those who received were over joyed and so appreciative. It makes me feel joyful knowing that I was a part of this.”

Jennie
from Stony Point told us, “Watching my husband experience joy as he serves the community has changed our marriage. It’s such a blessing. My husband has never really been a part of something like this. It has helped us grow together because it gets us outside of ourselves. You don’t see the need until you’re present. It’s been a huge blessing for me to witness those who experience receiving food and watching the growth of our volunteers.”

Jack
from LBA said “It was a neat way to break in some of the folks that have just recently moved to the community by asking them if they were in need of a Gobble Kit. We have a lot of single parents that are trying to make ends meet and the thankfulness from them brought me to tears. Because of COVID and serving the Gobble Kits to the guests at their vehicle brought more opportunities to build the relationship and people were more vulnerable, especially those who couldn’t be with their family. The impact on being a family together is extremely emotional to the ones who couldn’t travel to see loved ones. We prayed together and cried together.” 

Teresa,
who
 serves at multiple sites, was extremely impacted by the volunteers presence at each sites. “We all came together and helped each other out at the different sites. Many Site Coordinators and other lead teams worked together to help make the Gobble Kit program a success. It touched my heart seeing so many people being prayed for and the acceptance of our guests wanting prayer. I saw many faces that I haven’t seen before that are struggling and this turkey meal was enough to give them HOPE.”




Becca: A Guest Experience

Becca is a single mom from a local community who has been struggling financially. She’s new to the area and heard about Feed the Need Missions by looking online for free Thanksgiving dinners. “I was in need, and so were my kids. I have three kids and it’s hard right now to work because of COVID and my babies being home. I wanted to make Thanksgiving for them to do something that felt more “normal,” Becca shared.
She came to one of the local serving sites to sign up for a Gobble Kit. When she saw the line of over 150 cars in line before her, she felt sure she would not receive one. “To go home and have to tell my kids there would be no Thanksgiving was going to be so hard for me.” 
Thankfully because of the generous supporters and donations, she was able to receive a Thanksgiving meal for her family. “I can’t thank you enough. I have been praying to God to send people to help me, and He did.” Not only did she receive a meal but now Becca is serving and was given a list of some resources in the area that could give her more assistance. 



Feed the Need With Us

What a joy it is to be able to report such powerful experiences. Not only is the program growing each year, but it is growing people up in Jesus. Volunteers are experiencing life change and our guests are encountering the peace and provision of Jesus. If reading these stories has inspired you to get involved, we would love for you to become part of the Feed the Need Missions family. You can support us financially by making a donation, or serve at one of our eight site locations each week.

As school approaches there is so much anxiety of the unknowns due to COVID. As one mom says, “School is an outlet for my kids to have social activity and to make friends, and I don’t want to take anymore from them.”

We at Feed the Need Missions knows the implication of going back to school. And some families struggling making the decision to homeschool. Some that we serve have even lost their jobs and are in desperate need for assistance. However the anxiety of school starting is a challenging time. We will continue to serve during this challenging time feeding people physically and spiritually and offering prayer.

As we wind down from summer and decisions are being made we are praying for you! A mom who we serve that has asthma and high risk children said, “My older daughter and I both have asthma, and we don’t feel comfortable taking that risk. As a single mom I need your prayers on making the best decision for our family.”

Meet Bernard, a man shot five times while in his twenties, now age 63. He led a life of disobedience toward God, until he fully surrendered and is now a follower of Christ. Praise God!

Bernard and his wife are raising their two precious grandchildren, while also facing some difficult health challenges. Their family stopped by our LBA site four weeks ago and continue to come. Bernard was asked by one of our volunteers, “how can we pray for your family?” and he said, “for an upcoming surgery.” A few weeks had passed before Bernard and his family returned to our site. Upon their return, we were all excited to hear the great news that surgery was successful.

Because Feed the Need Mission was there at the right time, his family was able to be prayed over and covered with the precious love of Jesus. They were able to experience comfort, support and peace. They give us updates every week on his progress and how their family is doing. Bernard’s two grandchildren have gone from being shy and uncertain, to knowing there are caring people in this world who show the Love of Jesus to anyone, anywhere, anyway no matter the circumstances.

Whether you’re helping to hand out hot meals at a soup kitchen, Feed the Need Missions, or another non-profit organization, your time and energy are valuable to both the clients and the staff. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community.

Jeremy is a new volunteer who has been serving faithfully at our Lake Bastrop Acres site. He is also finding his place as a new follower of Christ. Feed the Need Missions has helped him realize the difference between having much and having little. “People have it way worse than I have it,” he said. “It opens your eyes to a better understanding of what real life struggles look like. The people are willing to give up so much when they have so little. They don’t complain when we get low on food and they are always so appreciative.”

At Feed the Need Missions we are so thankful for people like Jeremy who take the time out of their busy lives in order to serve others. Volunteers provide a valuable service for non-profits like Feed the Need Missions. The lack of resources that is needed for the communities we serve, puts a strain on our small staff team. He said, “The smile on their face after giving them a burger is pure enjoyment. Why wouldn’t anyone want to serve with you guys? God wants us to love others and to share His love and this is a great way to do it.” 

Come out to one of our locations and be a part of the great work the Lord is doing!

From now until the end of the year we will be sharing stories from each of our sites across Texas. Every site has the same mission: to feed people physically and spiritually. 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 sites this past year.

LBA serves every Thursday starting at 5:00pm at Trinity Riverchase Mobile Home Park located at 135 Navasota Drive, Bastrop, Texas 78602.

LBA (Lake Bastrop Acres) is our newest site in the Bastrop area. This site has only been on the ground for a few months. Feed the Need Missions has prayed for a site in this area for a few years. Our prayers were answered and a local Pastor from Ridgeway Baptist Church, Jack Gilmore, saw the need and has been serving as the Site Coordinator.

A month ago the trailer that is used for this site was dismantled and had most of the contents taken out of it. This trailer is used multiple times per week in order to setup and cook meals in communities all over Central Texas. Without a trailer it’s hard to serve so we thought..

Even though we didn’t have a trailer we still served the community! The enemy wanted to hold us back, but our team pressed on. Those who served at LBA came together with materials, grills, tables and all that was needed to simply cook a hot meal for the community. Not to mention during this time of chaos, two people came to faith and accepted Christ at the LBA site. Once again, God has put together all the pieces to expand our ministry where it is most needed.

 

When you give to support our communities, people’s hearts and lives are being changed.

With your help, Feed the Need Missions will continue to provide a hot meal and share the love and message of Christ to those in our communities each week.

Can you help Feed the Need Missions continue serving each week by making a generous contribution of $25, $50, or $100 today? Without your generosity, the people in the LBA community might not get to hear about the love of the gospel and what it truly means to have people who love and support you where you are.

Don’t delay, give now and make a difference in your community today.