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

In 1986 David accepted Christ after marrying his wife at the age of 18. He and his wife were deployed to Korea where David was a medic for 7 years. He was released from the Army because of a heart condition.

Years after his heart diagnosis, he was in a tragic car accident that caused brain damage to the right side of his brain that has left him paralyzed. Not being able to have full range of motion to the left side of his body has caused David many limitations and he’s currently homeless.

David refuses to let his physical limitations stop him from doing what he loves to do; sharing the gospel. “I wanted to be an overseas missionary and because of my heart issue I wasn’t able too. My mission is here”, he says of our Feed the Need Smithville Site. “I tell people about God everywhere I go. I don’t care about nationality or what they look like. I also let them know that God loves them and there’s nothing to frown about.”

We are encouraged by David’s servant heart and inspired by his faith and love for our Savior, despite his own personal hardships. Thank you David for sharing Jesus!

Joseph is a young man from Alabama. At just barely 17 years old (currently 18), and trying to figure out the direction of his life, he moved to Texas. He heard about Feed the Need Missions from a friend of his, who invited him to the 2017 Patriotic Festival where we were serving.

He didn’t realize this was going to become a part of his Sunday afternoons. Joseph now flips burgers at our Giddings location. “I love to see smiles on their faces when they come for food. Their genuine smiles that you don’t see when you run into them in public settings,” he said.

Joseph has connected with several of the guests that are coming through the line. One guest that has impacted him the most is Isidra Morales. Isidra sees Jesus through all her struggles. And because of the struggles Joseph has faced in life, he’s reminded by her that, “Jesus has always been there.”

“Feed the Need Missions has helped me with my relationship with Christ. It’s my new family. I enjoy being with the volunteers and their excitement about serving and being Christ like!” he said with excitement.

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.

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.”

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.”