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Excited To Get Started

Excited to get started

I woke up at 4:30am and can’t go back to sleep. Perhaps excited to get started.

Thank God, it was much cooler today; the early morning rain helped. I put 3 bottles of cold water, portable phone charger, an extra shirt and raincoat in my backpack. The meeting place today was at Second Helpings. Patti spent almost an hour showing us around and explained their operations, which was excellent.

By the time we headed out, the rain stopped. My wife was my buddy since she can track down my location with her iPhone. While walking, I noticed Salvation Army building. I remembered that their food pantry director visited the Table Talk twice last year.

I stopped by unannounced but the pantry director was kind enough to visit with me and let me interview her about their operations. Visit https://www.facebook.com/FHL.Community/ for the interview and other Live coverage of the day. On my way out, a teenager shook my hand and introduced himself. He is a son of one of the volunteers at a missional food pantry that we trained a few years ago. He is now a Youth leader at Salvation Army. This made my day! I know that we are touching lives in Indianapolis!

Immediately after leaving the building, I received a call from WFYI for a phone interview. Here’s the article: https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/local-nonprofit-holds-events-for-hunger-awareness-week

After walking for almost 3 miles, a man asked me What’s the deal with the sign I was holding – Hunger Awareness. After explaining to him of the purpose, he asked me buy him pizza. I did not bring my wallet and even left my wedding ring at home. I offered him water in my knapsack and he graciously accepted it. He thanked me as he proceeded on his way.

I arrived at Cross Church after 2.5 hours of walking and a stop over. It was so nice that their pantry director and the pastor opened the doors for me with cold bottled water!

My wife met me there with our car; I was starting to feel loss of energy. We went home and I was tempted to take a nap but my adrenaline was still pumping in my veins; maybe because of the different kinds of people I came across with along my 5-mile-walk.

As I am writing this, I started to feel cold; my hands and feet were cold as well – my body is asking for fuel. After drinking a glass of water, I felt a little better but pain of hunger is still there. I am just happy that I can still think clearly – we’ll see how it goes later on tonight.

This was a full day and can’t wait to get started again tomorrow to meet people along the way to Barnes UMC and then a tour at Cleo’s Bodega.

Merlin GonzalesExcited To Get Started
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Starting the Walk – Founder FHL Community

Hot and sweltering 90-degree weather did not stop us as we start the Hunger Awareness Week at the Indianapolis Canal on Saturday, July 20th.

We walked for about 3 miles around the canal holding placards with hunger statistics. A former northern Indiana Mayor stopped by to speak with Sen. Jim Merritt who part of the kick off. I spoke with several people along the way and all of them were surprised to know about the sad reality of hunger in Indiana and Indianapolis. Indianapolis Star covered the reporting of the walk.

At the end of the walk, I felt blisters on my left feet which was unusual. It maybe the heat. Immediately, I thought this is just the start of the week. How could I walk the rest of the week?

Yesterday, was another hot day. I joined the Prayer Walk led by Indy Vineyard Church in Castleton. We split the group into 2, one group stayed in the food pantry to pray and another group walked at the nearby apartment complex and condominiums. We prayed, we offered cold water to the residents and we spoke to them about hunger.

At the end of the prayer walk, we all huddled together to pray for God’s plan to manifest in the food pantries and the neighborhoods. I received prayers from the group, thank God, I needed it! One of the Prayer Walk Area coordinator reported that there were 2000 people who prayed. Fox 59 TV station came to cover the reporting of the walk.

Today, Monday is the start of the Hunger Challenge. Follow my story daily as I trek the streets of Indianapolis from one food pantry to another. Our starting point today is at Second Helpings with a tour of their facilities. Then,I will walk to Cross Church. God bless you!

Merlin GonzalesStarting the Walk – Founder FHL Community
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Homeless Hoosier Veteran

I returned home from a war zone in 2009. I went from hero to zero in 3.5 seconds with no warning. I became a homeless Hoosier veteran standing on street corners begging for change to eat. Then 1 day God found me. He said “Hey follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men.” In 2011 I started following the way.
God has taught me how to not only feed myself, but become a self sustainable outreach and feed others for minimal out of pocket cost. It’s been a journey for sure. If God is for us then who can be against us?!? Hooah

Nicole Schuyler KapuscinskiHomeless Hoosier Veteran
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