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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!!! Blessings, Kim (Cross Church)
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 (D–SNPs) 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.
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.
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.