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.

SMITHVILLE serves every Sunday starting at 5:00pm at The Neighbor Place at Hart’s Chapel located at 206 Prima Street, Smithville, TX 78957.

Justin

Justin and his family were looking for more community. They heard about Feed the Need Missions at a meeting held at Calvary Baptist Church where his friend Tim attends and is currently the Smithville site coordinator. “We needed something more,” he said “I didn’t realize that I was stuck in the social poverty aspect of my life and my family as well.”

“When I told my children we were going to go and serve, they didn’t want to come. They grumbled back and that’s when I knew as a father and Christ follower I was not raising my kids up the way I needed to,” he said. “Not only that I wanted them to experience what it was like to serve others,” he said. It’s important to teach your children to serve others, and now Justin has the freedom of doing so.

“We as a family have grown so much. Having our social poverty being fulfilled through Feed the Need Mission has allowed us to open our eyes and to see a different way of life,” he said in closing.

Casey

“Man, I have been coming to this place for a few years now,” Casey said. “I love coming here. All you people are so nice and help me when I need extra help,” she said with a smile. Casey lives in Smithville with her mom and has struggled with addiction since her teen years. Regardless of her struggles our volunteers still meet her where she’s at.

“I know God, and I like watching the videos you play. I like to learn about Him. It’s hard for me to go to church because I am different. So this is my church and family,” she said with tears. “I can’t explain the feeling I have when I’m here. I think it’s peace from God. I come here for food, prayer and to get away from home. It’s safe here and I can always come talk to you guys,” Casey said.

Casey is still learning how to walk with Christ, as we walk alongside of her meeting her social, physical and spiritual needs. We continue to pray for her addiction and that one day she will have a break through, like many of those we have served and are currently serving.

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, people like Justin and Casey, 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.


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.

BASTROP SOUTH serves every Monday starting at 5:00pm at Primera Baptist Church located at 301 Paul C Bell St, Bastrop, TX 78602.

Scott

“I have lived in Texas my entire life. I’ve lived in Bastrop for 33 yrs and I have never seen anything like Feed the Need Missions before,” he said. Scott lives with his son and has been attending the site for 7 years. During the 7 years he’s been coming he went through some very challenging times, “my parents house burned down in 2011, a few years later they passed away, my wife also had left me and we divorced, my son had gotten very sick and I almost died from diabetic coma, and you guys were always there to listen and to pray for me,” he said.

When asked how Feed the Need Missions has helped him he replied, “it’s helped me from running out of food. I am able to stretch our food to make it week by week.”

“The encouragement that I receive here has helped me grow socially. I am able to talk more about my personal struggles and about God to other people. I’ve had a problem with going to church since my mom has passed away and you guys have helped fill me spiritually,” Scott said.

Sandra

“I have been through so much and I know where to come for prayer, right here” Sandra said with tears in her eyes. Sandra has been fighting cancer for over a year and just started radiation. Her outlook on life is always positive and she brings so much joy when she comes. “When I am here the presence of God is here, I can feel it,” she said.

She has lived in Bastrop for many years with her husband who currently works, but with medical bills and hardship she can’t always get a good meal. “I love the burgers even when I’m not feeling good, I still love them,” she said giggling.

“I can’t imagine my life without you guys. I have been coming here for years and every time I am here you welcome me with open arms. Today I wanted to come to give everyone a hug to let them know how much they are appreciated, just like the appreciation and encouragement you give me. I have grown so much in my faith and I truly believe I am healed from cancer. Maybe not on earth but I will be in heaven,” she said crying. “Thank you for everything you have done for me,” she added.

 

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, people like Scott and Sandra, 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.


We’re excited to announce the start of a new location at LBA in Bastrop, Texas. This site has been on our heart to start for a number of years, as it encompasses an area that has great needs. Lake Bastrop Acres is located in Bastrop, Texas.

This site will be serving Thursday evenings from 5-6 pm at the Trinity Riverchase Mobile Home Park located at 135 Navasota Drive, Bastrop Texas. We are very thankful for the Mobile Home Park in welcoming Feed the Need Missions to their community.

After lots of prayer and God leading the right people to serve and cultivate relationships, the ground is fertile and the community is ready to receive us. Come serve with us!

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!