I am engaging in the 3rd annual Hunger Challenge, in support of Faith, Hope & Love, a non-profit ministry engaged in developing Missional Food Pantries to provide for those who are in need.
The idea of the Hunger Challenge is to eat one meal per day for 5 days and write daily about what I am learning as I experience what many people around the world experience every day. Until we understand the circumstances of other people, it is very difficult to empathize with them. My past two years of doing this have given me new insights into the plight of many people.
This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been thrown into new situations because of loss of jobs, loss of loved ones, and isolation from family and friends. Thanks to a partnership with Starbucks, Faith, Hope & Love has been able to service 100 families per week at the Missional Drive-thru Food Pantry in the old Starbucks building at East 82nd Street and Craig Road, in Castleton. A Missional Food Pantry is more about transformed lives than it is about food distribution. Yes, we give out an abundance of food, but everyone who drives in is registered, then given a chance for prayer, and is offered the gospel of Jesus Christ. Out of the typical 100 cars that come through each Saturday morning, there are usually around 25 people who pray to receive Christ! The registration allows us to follow-up on these people, help them find a church, and offer them opportunities for discipleship. This process requires at least 30 volunteers each week, so this is a great opportunity to impact their lives as well!
I will be skipping my normal breakfast and lunch this week, just eating an evening meal, Monday through Friday. I will report my experiences each day, to let you know what I am learning and how I am feeling.
I am asking you to get involved, as well. If you would like to join me, you can sign up to be an FHL Ambassador at https://www.fhlinternational.info/fhl-ambassador/
If you want to sponsor my efforts, you can donate to Faith, Hope & Love at https://www.fhlcommunity.org/help-us-support-central-indiana-food-pantries/
If you want to get involved, you can become a volunteer, or get your church or other organization to volunteer, by replying to this email. More information about Faith, Hope & Love can be found at https://www.fhlcommunity.org/
Thank you for your concern about the needs of our community! This is an opportunity for you to engage in the process of transformation which is so desperately needed!