Beyond This Hunger: Partnerships and Collabortions

One of the core values of FHL Community teachings is partnership. This past weekend, Indiana Mentor volunteers were matched with one of FHL’s MFP (missional food pantry) network members – Zion Hope Baptist Church as part of a partnership and collaboration where both members learn in practical ways from each other. If your organization is looking for opportunities to serve in practical ways, please contact To address the challenges of food insecurity in the Central Indiana area, FHL Community through its Beyond This Hunger outreach and Table Talks, works with many organizations such as ReadyIndy, Christian Emergency Network, Midwest Food Bank, Anthem, IUPUI, Indianapolis Fruit, and multi denominational churches.

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Missional Food Pantry: Grand Openings

Congratulations to Feed My Sheep Missional Food Pantry at University UMC  (who had a previous missional food pantry launch ) and The Father’s Table Missional Food Pantry at Cross Church for their successful launching last week with a total of 11 salvations! God is so good!

A testimonial from Cross Church after they re-opened their pantry as The Father’s Table Missional Food Pantry:

Merlin, Thank you for the encouraging feedback. Our elders discussed the possibility of having… God is moving and working on so many. They are hearing his voice and responding!!!
Kim (Cross Church)

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MFP Walkthroughs and Graduations

Congratulations to Cross Church for completing the FHL Missional Food Pantry Training School. Welcome to FHL Family! Their Grand re-Opening is on Thursday, April 11th at 6pm!

What a team! While Donna ‘Murr’ Cherry did the Final OJT for Cross Church Care Team at Zion Hope, Lydia Davis did the Final Walkthrough at Cross Church in preparation for their Grand Opening on 4/11.

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Missional Approach: Wrap Around Services

Missional Food Pantry Approach: Wrap Around Services

FHL’s recent Table Talk featured learning how we can serve our recipients and volunteers even deeper through “No Cost” benefits (D-SNP) for the dual card holders – Medicare and Medicaid. “Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (DSNPs) enroll beneficiaries are entitled to both Medicare (Title XVIII) and Medical Assistance from a State Plan under Title XIX (Medicaid), and offer the opportunity of enhanced benefits by combining those available through Medicare and Medicaid.” (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services)

Several pantry recipients have already signed up at different FHL MFP and are now enjoying the benefits. This is another way of providing wrap around services to your pantry recipients. And FHL Table Talks serve to help the community look into and discuss the benefits of a number of existing options for helping our clients.

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The Missional Approach: Missional Certification

After months of careful planning, methodical preparation, intercessions and intense training, Feed My Sheep Missional Food Pantry is ready for  Graduation and Certification!

Congratulations, Feed My Sheep! Greater things are yet to come!

We are looking forward to the Grand Opening of Feed My Sheep missional food pantry on Wednesday, April 10 at 6pm.

Are you interested in obtaining a missional food pantry certification for your food pantry?  Contact FHL Community by phone at: 317-572-5793 or email: .  FHL Missional Food Pantry Training School uses the FHL Missonal Food Pantry Training Manual to train students.

You can sign up to help Feed My Sheep under our April Volunteer Opportunities.

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The Missional Approach: Community Prayerwalk

FHL was at the Missional Food Pantry Community Prayer Walk on a beautiful day. It was a blessing to visit the FHL Community Prayer training for Cross Church and we joined them for their Community Prayer Walk. We prayed for the residents, gas stations, restaurant/bar, and other local businesses.

Other congregations in the area were invited to join in on the prayer walk. The purpose of FHL community prayer walks are to help the missional food pantry in training pray for their future clients and the area but also to assess the area for its needs and the culture.

Community prayer walks are part of the missional food pantry training approach and are done before the launch of the new missional food pantry and before their graduation.



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Missional Food Pantry Training: Expanding Our Reach

Missional food pantry training is reaching a number of existing food pantries and newer food pantries searching for ways to to give spiritual food to their clients. God has favored FHL Community  to speak on the subject “Evangelism at Food Pantries” at the IndyHunger Network Summit this Thursday at Light of the World Christian Church. Merlin Gonzales is one of the Workshop presenters at the 12:25 breakout session.

FHL Community is also expanding its reach with Missional Food Pantry Conferences this summer.  Below are just a few of the highlights of what FHL is doing and will be doing this summer.

One missional food pantry early Summer Conference is now in the planning stage. Looking forward to our partnership with Pastor Tim and the Freedom Church in Noblesville, In.


FHL is also finalizing an missional food pantry Conference for Divine Direction Christian Church on E. 46th Street in Indianapolis.

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