The past 72 hours have been a whirlwind of giving, faith, love, hope, joy, and a move of God so much bigger than we ever imagined.
When Pastor Josh came to us a few weeks ago saying he wanted us to do a Thanksgiving Outreach, we said YES! But we didn’t know where to start or how to go about it. BUT we believed that if we gathered the food that God would bless that and bring us the families. We also believed that if God brought us families then He would also provide the food to feed them with.
We have been shown a need so great in our community that only God could have provided for this. Families that had no hope are now celebrating the holiday with more than they ever dreamed of. People who were told no so many times before came to us and we were able to immediately blow them away with a YES!
One family just couldn’t believe that we would give them food when all the others have said no, we can’t help you. Another family had just had a death in the family, we were able to get Thanksgiving meals for both their family and their mom’s family and make sure that Dad had a new haircut for the funeral.
Every time we ran out of food and we weren’t sure what was going to happen, God provided more. Every time we had a pile of food and wasn’t sure where the families would come from we’d get another call and the families would come to us. We spent time actively trying to find families in need because Jesus didn’t just sit and wait for people to come to Him, He went out into the community and kept His eyes, ears and heart open to find those who needed help.
We aren’t done. We won’t be until God tells we are. So far we’ve been able to help at least 50 families! 50 families who would not have otherwise been able to put food on the table. One of our contacts heard about a mom who was struggling and couldn’t get a turkey, she was too proud to go get a “handout” so she decided that chicken would have to do. We were able to bring her a complete Thanksgiving feast. I can’t imagine the relief felt by that mom when she received that box out of the blue, because now she could cook a “proper” meal for her family.
We’ve heard unbelievable stories this year! We are just beyond humbled to be used by God like this. We are amazed but unsurprised to see Him show up like this. God is using Lakes Church to bring HOPE to His people throughout this community and we are beyond honored to be used like this for HIS glory.
God Bless you! We hope you and your family have an amazing Thanksgiving. And if you hear of someone who is going to go without or with not enough – don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be making deliveries on Thanksgiving Day if we have to!
In His Service,
Jessica & Sean Wrench