Feeding people Jesus

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vicki and I slipped away to spend some time in Missouri. We went to Branson and out to Silver Dollar City for the Gospel Singing Picnic. We had a wonderful time just listening to the beautiful gospel songs and sharing with people around us. It was a great time!

We came back and were able to be at the services on Sunday. I already had Bro. James Greer preaching on Sunday morning and Bro. Alan Price on Sunday evening so I just let them share. Of course they did a great job of sharing the message. I’m so thankful they went ahead and shared because of what I got to do.

On Sunday morning we had the Disaster Relief Feeding trailer parked in front of the church. Doug Cates set things up and then shared for just a few minutes about Disaster Relief and the needs they had for the ministry. Then he cooked hamburgers for anyone that wanted one. And they were totally awesome!!

Since he needed help getting the hamburger boxes put together with the trimmings, Bro. Alan Price and I agreed to help. Doug explained a little to us about what they did when they were called to a disaster. Since they had just returned from serving in southeast Texas and Louisiana, the work was fresh on his mind.

The trailer is designed to prepare food for those who are in need because of some disaster. It has everything you need to prepare a meal for those in need. I couldn’t believe how well equipped it was to fulfill the task. A grill, warming plate, fridge, sinks and a great serving window made the work much easier.

Doug cooked the hamburgers and toasted the buns, then Bro. Alan and I put cheese on them along with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles then added some chips and condiments in the ‘to go’ box. By the time the service was over we had quite a few ready, but some folks did visit till their burgers were ready. All in all it went great.

When I got home I ate mine and it was delicious! When I finished I began to think about what this trailer and the ministry of those working in Disaster Relief meant to those whose lives had been impacted by a disaster. For someone whose life had been turned upside down to receive a meal absolutely free is amazing; but to receive it in love is surely overwhelming.

Of course by ministering in this way there is opportunity to share with those whose lives have been impacted. Doug shared that they had opportunity to share the love of Christ with people that were in the midst of a struggle. He shared how one had trusted Christ as their Savior and others had heard of God’s love in the midst of the struggles they faced because of the hurricane.

Anytime there is a disaster that has wreaked havoc on an area the Disaster Relief feeding team packs up and heads out to assist in feeding people in need as well as sharing the wonderful grace of God. It is a ministry that we may not think about often, but when a disaster hits it is definitely one that comes to our minds.

In Matt. 14:13-21 we find the Jesus feeding the 5000. In the evening the disciples came and told Jesus to send the multitudes away that they might get food for themselves. But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.” (Matt. 14:16). They only had five loaves and two fish, but Jesus blessed them and it fed everyone.

While we didn’t feed 5000 on Sunday, we took what we had and fed those who were present. This is what God does with this Disaster Relief Feeding trailer anytime it goes out. Yes, it costs money to supply it and take it out, but if one person hears and receives Jesus Christ it is worth it all.

When this trailer goes out, they not only feed people food, but they also feed people Jesus. That makes it truly amazing.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at bropaul@centramedia.net.

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