“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
- 2 Corinthians 9:8
Most of you know, we’re blessed to host the Greater Canonsburg-Houston Food Bank, and we’re one of the sites for the weekly Pop Up Pantry, devised as a response to our current situation. And so, during normal times, we regularly receive donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed at the monthly food bank.
Currently, the easiest and most efficient thing is for people to donate financially - which the community has in a HUGE way - because the food is usually purchased at cost and goes a long way. This past Monday, we served upwards of 400 families from 4 locations!
But of course, some people still come by with food. And we rarely turn away someone who wants to give!
Earlier today, someone did just that. While I was otherwise occupied, someone came by and dropped off a half dozen bags of groceries… including fresh produce, meat and cheese! It wouldn’t do to put it in the freezer, so I boxed it up and put it in the fridge, figuring the next person we heard about who needed “emergency food” would be the recipient. I was all set to send an e-mail to the other staff who would be in and out of the office in the coming days, when my phone rang.
It was Mayor Rhome.
The Mayor discovered someone whose groceries were low, and wanted to know if he could gain access to pantry to provide them with a “Power Pack.” These are pre-packaged non-perishable boxes from the Washington Food Bank, that we’ve utilized for several of these types of situations. They’re great in a pinch and can stay ready for awhile because… nothing in them is fresh. They’re better than not eating, but let’s be honest, fresh is best.
That’s when I got to explain to the Mayor that we could do one better. Instead of a Power Pack, how about two dozen eggs, a head of lettuce, a bag of tomatoes, rice, bread, buns, pork tenderloin, bacon, cheese and sandwich meat - not to mention some toilet paper! “Perfect!”
Perfect indeed. Perfect provision. Someone had an abundance and a full heart, so they shared. Someone else had a lack, and they received.
A Pastor and a Mayor were just a couple of middlemen, who got to experience the overflow of blessings of God meeting needs.
That’s what it’s like to be part of a community. That’s what it’s like to be a part of God’s community - we are loved and cared for.
I’m grateful to be part of this one, connected to so many who are giving out of God’s abundant provision. Thank you!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,