This was written by Kristina Weaver who volunteered at Food for the Soul’s outreach with the Texas Rangers in their parking lot to the hungry in the
I didn't cry while I was there, but when I came home and shared what I had seen and some of the conversations I had today, I could barely speak.
For a while, there were lines of cars as far as the eye could see. There were pallets of food boxes stacked taller than me. Each one held about 30 pounds of fresh produce, dairy, and meat. I think we had around 43,000 pounds of food today.
I talked to a mama like me whose two children were in the car fighting about who was hungrier. The little girl watched desperately as the food was loaded in the car, crying as she waited to be able to eat the food they received. My children argue, but they've never had to argue about who was hungrier.
I talked to a Grandpa picking up food for him and his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. They had all been working before COVID but had lost their jobs and were still trying to find work and diligently praying to get work, be he sadly shared that the work isn't coming. As my heart helplessly broke into pieces, and as food was loaded into their car, I tried to reassure him that God provides, that right now He is providing food in this way, and that I would add my voice to their prayers.
I talked to an older gentleman who, after the food had been loaded and I had said goodbye and wished him well, stopped me again because he wants to go to church in-person with his wife and was seeking information about where he could be in church rather than watching from home. He reminded me that hunger isn't only physical right now, but spiritual.
I saw a young family like mine, a homeless-looking man alone, women looking to feed their families somehow...but they showed up after we ran out of food...
"But Lord, WHEN did we see YOU hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?"
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"and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
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