It is hard to believe at this time last year our Feed the Need Missions Disaster Relief Team was coming together in person and in prayer as we cleaned up the devastation Hurricane Harvey so angrily left behind. For the month of September we will be sharing information and stories with you, our faithful readers for National Preparedness Month.


As the water was slowly coming into their house, The Robertson Family moved as many of their belongings as they could to their second floor. Hurricane Harvey was showing its relentless power through tornadoes and heavy down pours in their home town of Cypress, Texas.

The water began quickly rising leaving no practical way out of their subdivision safely. Blake Robertson gathered his wife, Mary and their three children into the master bedroom and began to pray. Just as they said,“Amen,”  Jonah our President at Feed the Need Missions called Blake to asked if his team could assist them in getting out. “We were scared and didn’t know what to do. Our other friends were trying to get to us but they didn’t have a boat. When we received the call we knew it was from God answering our prayer,” Mary said.

The small fishing boat was launched into the deep water just off the highway. Feed the Need Missions Disaster Relief Team made their way into the Robertson’s subdivision and to their home. After tears of joy and comforting hugs, they all boarded the boat and began their journey to safety leaving all their possessions behind. They all worked tirelessly together to maneuver through the water and debris. “If you guys didn’t come and help who knows what the outcome would have been,” Mary said.

A few short days later Feed the Need Missions was set up in the parking lot of The Robertson’s church. As Mary was leaving the church she found Jonah’s wife, Christy, and gave her a big hug saying, “Thank you for allowing Jonah and his team to rescue us.” As they embraced, Mary tears were trickling down her face.

Christy then invited Mary to take home a few sack meals to feed her family. Mary said, “I can’t do that. There’s other people out here that need it more than me.” Christy replied, “We are here to serve everyone Mary.” With tears rolling down her cheeks and a smile on her face, she grabbed five bags to take home to feed her family.

Looking back a year later The Robertson Family is so thankful for the helping hands of our Feed the Need Missions Disaster Relief Team. “I’m not sure how my family can be prepared for the next disaster but it’s comforting to know we have friends who can help. We are forever grateful for you guys,” Mary said with tears of thankfulness filling her eyes.

 


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.

 

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!

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.”

I enjoy my quiet time with Jesus. I seek refuge in His Word to balance my busy life and all the anxiety in it. I can chose where, when and for how long I want to be in fellowship in my savior.

For inmates incarcerated at Darrington Prison this looks very different. They have time, more time than I ever have. Time to use or misuse, time to achieve or time to waste. Time to enlighten their minds, or time to be haunted by it.

Going through security as you enter and exit the prison is exhausting. If you have not walked the halls of a prison where male inmates are peeking through the small windows of their doors, let me tell you, it is heart wrenching. Then, just a few steps more down the sullen hallway, we entered into the chapel. It was like entering into a separate world where men were on stage worshiping Christ and families were sitting lovingly with their inmate. This simple reality instantly changed my thoughts.

In prison, emotions like despair, boredom, anxiety and loneliness are constantly competing against a search for liberation tormenting each of them. The struggle is two-fold in prison: the physical imprisonment and the mental or emotional imprisonment. Many of you, like me can attest that the emotional imprisonment is the most debilitating struggle of all. Your mind is consumed by your past, your present and mostly by fear of your future. There seems to be no hope…

But there is hope. Hope that is found in Jesus alone! Watching the inmates raise their hands and sing worship music, while being served a hot meal that was prepared by my hands gave me pure Joy! An overwhelming amount of joy that I can’t even put into words. Then, to walk away from the prison and pull away in my vehicle with my loved one at my side brought tears to my eyes, and with them a feeling of deep desperation. Desperation to share the gospel.

Darrington Prison welcomed our team with open arms. They allowed Feed the Need Missions to grill burgers and hot dogs outside of its building. This is the first time that this prison allowed food to be brought in from an outside source. God orchestrated the entire event. And I am forever changed because of this experience. My quiet time will continue to offer me refuge with new insight and renewed thankfulness.