This week, I was with a family as their husband/father/grandfather's service in the Army was honored with interment at Arlington National Cemetery. While we waited in the Admin Building before the procession in our cars began, I had an opportunity to talk with the ten year old grandson. As he told me about the cookies he had made for the lunch to follow this ceremony, his is mom said how much they had all enjoyed their participation in our June Falls Church Feeds the World event. I said we have another one coming up on September 11. She asked her son if he would like to do it again. Quite seriously, and definitely, he said he does want to do it.
This is a big part of the "why" behind all the work we put into FCFTW. Not only are we helping to feed the world, we are also helping young people make a difference in the world around them. Maybe they won't be a part of KIDZone, and maybe their folks won't be a part of worship, but they get to be a part doing something to feed others who are hungry, and that makes Jesus dance with joy. And who knows, they might find some of that Jesus joy entering their life too.
So when Nina or someone asks you how you want to volunteer for FCFTW, sign up. It takes all, ALL, ALL, ALL, of us to do such an outrageously big do. Even better, sign up here. You are needed!
Get the word out to everyone in your neighborhood: we are going to pack over 30,000 meals on September 11!
‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’