Enduring the loss of loved ones, surviving two floods, and rebuilding their life after three wildfires, has certainly taken its toll on Mike and Jane Haley. While the fires were angry and consuming every thought, every second, every ounce of positivity from the Haleys, God brought Feed The Need Missions exactly where He needed them to be.

On October 13th, 2015 the “Hidden Pines Fire” began its raging descent across Bastrop. The Haleys quickly were rendered helpless with the loss of water and electricity. Daily, Jane would leave their home to visit the Smithville Fire Department and fill plastic containers. On one of those exhausting trips a thin, blue-eyed young man name Bryan offered to assist Jane in filling the water jugs and carried them to her car. He shared with Mary that his mother had been in the fire zone and he spoke of God’s goodness and His protection. Jane was finding it difficult to think of a protective and good God; especially when a fireman confirmed, “It’s headed your way.” Bryan comforted Jane with a sweet smile and a promise of prayer.

It was a surreal environment at home as Jane and Mike gathered what they regarded as most important while grimly watching their cattle herded into trailers and taken away. From their porch, they watched the smoke as it approached, Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters dropping water on the growing fire, and a DC3 jet dropping orange retardant. Despite all these efforts, the fire continued to rage closer.

One morning, Jane and Mike simply wanted coffee. Driving into Smithville once again, they noticed people outside the Smithville Recreation Center. Our Feed The Need Missions crew quickly greeted them with breakfast and coffee. Jane and Mike were so touched they asked to join the team for lunch preparations. Joining hands with Feed The Need Missions provided a positive environment for Jane and Mike to be distracted, if only for a little while.

Later that night Bryan and Barb delivered a warm dinner, encouragement, and friendship to the Haley’s home. Overwhelmed once again with the ‘impossible generosity of strangers’, Jane and Mike hardly had words to express their gratitude for a hot dinner prepared by servant hands.

The Haleys returned the next day for breakfast and again stayed to prepare for lunch. As they were standing in the line serving, Mike received THE call on his cell stating, “If you have anything of value in your home, get it and get out now.” The fire was coming, and they had to get home immediately to get their bags, dogs and cats and leave. Despite the busy lunch rush the Feed The Need Missions Team surrounded Jane and Mike embracing them as they trembled and wept lifting them up in prayer.

Jane said, “What is of utmost importance to understand in our story is during deeply traumatic times, it was the over-riding blessings, being touched by something so great and outside of ourselves, the continuous encompassing demonstration of unconditional love by those in Feed The Need Missions that fed, encouraged and elevated our spirits. “Truly, the Feed the Need volunteers were the ‘outstretched hands and feet of Christ.’ They loved without question, served without hesitation and prayed in the face of obvious improbability.”

 


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.

 

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.

“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.”

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!

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.”

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.

 

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 Stony Point.

Stony Point serves on average 140+ meals every Monday at Stony Point Park. This area has been secluded by the county because of the high crime rate, but is now seeing the light in the darkness, literally and spiritually. The park now has lights, and is being mowed and cleaned up on a regular basis. Some areas are even getting new sewage put in. We have been able to bring people together and build relationships.

AC

Stony Point is a small area in Del Valle in the County of Bastrop. It’s an impoverished area with a lot of crime. AC has been a resident of Stony Point since 2005. He stumbled upon Feed the Need Missions by driving past the site a few times on his way home. Not knowing too many familiar faces and seeing “Free Burgers” on the side of our trailer, eventually gave AC the courage to stop by.

AC struggles with alcoholism and is trying to change his life, but has many negative influences. He said, “This is a positive place. A safe place. I can come get a burger and not have to worry about anything.”

“We see a lot of crime out here and it’s an encouragement to have you here. It’s a positive place to come and helps me become a positive person. One day one person gets killed and the next day it’s different. You never know what’s going to happen around here. People run Stony Point like there’s no law. They do what they want.”

Feed the Need Missions is a light in the darkness and allows a place for AC’s community to be safe and to hear the gospel. “Everyone needs Jesus, but it’s just hard when you’re in a dark place and live in crime,” he said. “You’re making it a better place.”

GILBERT

Gilbert and his wife have lived in Stony Point for many years. They both struggle with addiction and his wife recently graduated from Teen Challenge in San Antonio. She found friends at Feed the Need Missions she could confide in about her addiction to seek the help she needed to change her life.

Gilbert is building trust and relationships with a few men from Feed the Need Missions. We were the light in the darkness and now Jesus is the light in his darkness, and through building relationships Gilbert’s walk with Christ is becoming deeper.

His life is being changed. His addiction is being worked through and looks very successful.

 


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 AC and Gilbert 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.