Scott heard about Feed the Need Missions through a friend who was attending Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Church in Justin, Texas. Growing up, Scott was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a very young age. When his father passed away last fall, he started drinking heavily and was popping Adderall to cope with the pain.

All Scott knew his entire life was the streets. He was married, but is currently separated. Left with raising his three boys on his own, he moved into his mother’s home while trying to clean himself up from his addiction. “God started speaking to my heart. All I could do was sing praise and worship songs. Once He got a hold of my heart and was telling me enough was enough, I decided enough WAS enough. God asked me to do it for no one else but myself and Him. I am now free from the bondage.”

“It’s only been a few months that I’ve been clean,” he said. He’s now working full time and serves at his church on a CARES team. He visits the Feed the Need Mission site every Thursday in Justin, not because of the food but because of the people. “I have no friends and nobody to talk to. Feed the Need has helped me to be open and to find trust again. I can be the new me here, and still talk about my past.” He also said, “before I worked for Satan but now I work for God and because of my past and my struggles I can come here and be the person to listen and help others.”

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 in Justin.

Justin serves on average 115+ meals every Thursday at Justin City Park. This site is one of our newest sites and currently our only site in the Denton area. Those we serve come broken and afraid of what others will think of them. Relationships are being made with the love of Christ, and we are able to be good witnesses, a listening ear and help them through their brokenness.

 

Daniel and Brandy

Daniel and Brandy married a year ago in November. Their past has been full of addictions and abuse and they decided together they needed to move. Where to move was the question they faced. They knew they  had to get out of the devastating situation they were currently in to be able to pursue Christ again.

Through prayer the Lord told them to move to Texas. They obeyed and ended up in Justin, Texas just outside of Fort Worth. They found a house to build a stable home for their three children.

Daniel was at the library one Thursday night studying for his seminary classes. Brandon, the Feed the Need Justin Site Coordinator, walked into the library, approached Daniel and offered him food. Brandon shared about Feed the Need Missions with Daniel as they walked across the field to our new site. Little did Brandon know Brandy, Daniel’s wife, was at home recovering from a hernia surgery. When Daniel brought dinner home for the family Brandy asked, “who did this for us?” Now their family attends our site faithfully and serves their community. Daniel has even shared his testimony at the site.

“Feed the Need Missions has started filling that void. You know, the void you have when you’re trying to get your life back on track and not sure where to turn. We needed loving guidance and good friends in Justin,” Daniel said.

Brandy added, “Obviously this is divine intervention. We both had fallen away. The closer we focus on Christ the closer we come together as a couple. We are so thankful for you guys and the support you have given us. We used to be Sunday morning Christians and lived a double-faced life. We were both drinking heavy and I am a recovering drug addict, and to know we can come to a place to serve and allow healing to take place brings joy to our hearts.”


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 Daniel and Brandy 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.

 

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!

 

Brandon Phifer has been leading the Justin site since 2016, but has been a part of Mission U-Too almost since it’s beginning. Check out his story to learn about his heart and vision for Mission U-Too in the Denton area.


Years ago my closest friends started serving burgers and hot dogs in Bastrop, TX under the name Mission U-Too. When they originally started I participated at only a small level, but I was so grateful for their heart’s desire to make much of Jesus. I helped when I could, but mostly observed from a distance. The consistency of meeting weekly prepared them in ways they could not have expected. It was not long after they started that a fire devastated the area and destroyed hundreds of homes, which included at least 20 families from my home church. The work they did, that I had the joy of participating in, to care for the displaced families, first responders, and anyone else in need was tremendous and the city began to recognize their faithful and compassionate hearts.

I moved away from the area a couple years later, but Mission U-Too continued to grow and I kept in close contact with my friends. They started multiple sites and made disaster relief an important function of what they do. Although I didn’t live nearby any of the locations to serve regularly, I was able to take my son and join them in Moore, OK after a tornado wrecked the lives of so many people. This trip only served to increase my ever growing desire to be part of this ministry. While I had aspirations to start a site in the North Texas area, I had very young children and was at the beginning of a new career. I simply felt the timing was not right.

A couple years passed and Mission U-Too was still on my mind. I thought about the importance of leading my kids into a mission-minded lifestyle. I view my career as a mission field where I can seek to point people to Jesus, but my kids don’t get to see that. My wife and I became more and more convinced that we MUST get them involved in mission so they don’t grow up viewing the Christian life as something you do only on Sunday and Wednesday. We considered many nonprofits, but with a baby, a toddler, and a young boy, most of these seemed a bit impractical.

My wife and I continued to pray for wisdom about how our whole family could be on mission together. I found myself specifically being called to Mission U-Too, but asked God to solidify that I was hearing him correctly by putting it on my wife’s heart as well. My wife already has a great desire to serve the Lord and longed to get the kids on mission too, but if Mission U-Too was the route we should take then I wanted her to hear from God, without my influence, so we could be on the same page.

A short time later my wife approached me and said, “Let’s start a Mission U-Too!” That green light was all I needed and I began to plan and organize and prepare. We immediately began praying that God would stir people’s hearts to want to be involved. There is no question in my mind that Mission U-Too is a good thing to do, but I wanted God to call people to it in ways I could not possibly get the credit for. Over the next ten months God began to bring things together. My wife suggested a location that she felt was great, a park in the center of town. The city manager was excited about the idea and granted approval. I decided to put together a six week study to lead at my church that would encourage people to a missional lifestyle. I did not push Mission U-Too in this class, but offered it as an outlet to put to practice what we had been studying if they felt God calling them to it. I had lunch with many people and presented the vision of Mission U-too to my church life group. After all of this, a training was put together and 20 people showed up to a Friday night and Saturday training session! God was answering our prayer of putting the ministry on people’s hearts and calling them to be involved!

We launched our site in November 2016 and it has been a huge blessing. My children love serving and will often leave the playground to come ask how they can help. One of my boys really doesn’t understand why we cannot do it every single day and the other boy has shed tears when he can’t make it. The joy seen in the eyes of the volunteers is so exciting because just as much as I value feeding those in need, I have a great desire to see the Church, the body of Christ, on mission in the communities God has placed us in. As Christians we must show the love of Christ in words AND actions. We have faced some cold nights and it gets dark while we serve, but there is always a family that comes that really benefits and the smiles on the faces of volunteers never seem to fade.

We serve an awesome God who is already doing wonderful things in Justin, TX…in my family, in my Christian friends, and in the community. God is so incredibly good!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new site in Justin, TX!

This is extra exciting because not only is this a new site, but it’s a start of a new area. Developing the Denton area has been in the works for a number of years. We have been praying about the area; more specifically praying with the leader for the possibility of developing a new area.

Brandon has been a friend and instrumental over the years in helping us think through and walking out the heart of this ministry. Brandon has answered the call that God has burdened his heart with in helping us continue to grow this ministry.

As we begin to develop this area we ask that you would join us in prayer. Pray for our leaders that they would follow God in their word and actions. Pray for our volunteers that they would show the unconditional love of Jesus. Pray for those we serve that their hearts would be open to hearing and receiving the Gospel message and they would feel the love of Christ through our actions.

If you are in the Denton area we would love for you to stop by and say hi or jump in and help out. All our welcome, you are welcome. We serve Thursday 5:30-6:30 at Justin City Park. Learn more about our Justin site here.