This past Saturday was Ministry Advanced training coordinated by Donna ‘Murr’ Cherry. We believe that our team and leaders need to be ministered and upgrade their knowledge by learning from others and from one another.
Ministry visits: Samaritan Center and Gran’s Attic in Mandeville, Louisiana.. These incredible ministries have been serving for 30 years and supported by 24 churches and other local organizations. Thanks to the staff of both organizations for giving FHL Founder, Merlin Gonzales, a tour and for sharing some wisdom in doing ministry. Take away: the food bank (pantry) upholds prayer and changed lives.
A busy day yesterday at FHL Community – Food Load Out at Mt Nebo MBC with seven Network members, celebration for the Pastor and the pantry recipients at Shiloh MBC and a wonderful missional food pantry at Indy Vineyard. God is gracious!
A testimonial from Shawn, Prayer Director at Indy Vineyard Missional Food Pantry:
“Becky opened our Food Pantry with a great meditation on-“The Son can only do what He sees the Father doing”. This is a good reminder for us look up and follow the great example set by Jesus. We served 20 families -7 were brand new. We had 1 salvation and 1 that re-dedicated their life to Christ. The prayer team consist of some serious Warriors! We had 1 person come last month for prayer for a job and came this month praising the Lord for answered prayer! Another came last month wanting improvement with their children’s grades and came last night to share praise report of success. Bible says that when 2 or more come together to pray-God is present and hears! Glory to God!”
Thank God for sustaining the monthly collaboration of food ministries and other community agencies in addressing hunger holistically. Sharing best practices, challenges, victories and praying for each other. Monday, Sept 10th, FHL celebrated the 3rd year Anniversary of FHL’s Table Talk. at IUPUI, 1100 w 42nd St Indianapolis 46208, the 2nd floor at Krannert Hall at 11am. Our website will soon feature a page dedicated to Table Talks and their upcoming schedule and topics.
“Money can alleviate the harsh conditions of poverty, but unless it is used to leverage changes in behavior, it will have little lasting effect… Ideally, we need to nudge them toward a different set of behaviors by linking generous governmental assistance to staying in school, delaying childbearing, getting married, and working full-time.” – The Behavioral Aspects of Poverty by Isabel V. Sawhill, brookings.edu
“I had the privilege of meeting co-founder Joe Spaulding when Paw’s Pantry was getting ready to open in 2013. A few years later, Faith Hope and Love began providing fresh produce and other nonperishable food items to Paw’s Pantry,” said Gonzales….Merlin Gonzales and Faith Hope and Love are valuable partners in this vitally important effort to improve the lives for faculty, staff, and students on our campus and for people in the city that we call home.” – Faces of IUPUI: 50 year Anniversary
“You do great work and the state speaks very highly of you guys.” – Liz commenting on one of FHL ministries, UJIMA Community Services. Ujima ministry serves At Risk, After School and supports a Summer Feeding program.