I couldn't have been more humbled that there are people in my own community in such a need that our culture is so quick to ignore, pass, judgement, and turn a "it's your own fault" eye. But I discovered that among many who choose to live within themselves, are others who give beyond their means. And these people inspire a change that I believe will ignite a generation of Hope and Love.
And it is my passion to see this blog transform into a space where I get to share my heart. And this new page, BE:Amazing, is where my heart will reside and where I'm hoping, your's will too.
This is the story of normal people who do amazing things!
Abba's Pantry started back when a family discovered that children in their community of nice homes and fancy cars were going without food.
They fall short of perfect. They haven't anything big or grand to make them more special than the next. But this family, of a Husband and Wife and their kids and grandkids, chose to find as many possible outlets to feed the hungry in the community they live in. And they do it, because they have a Love that they are desperate to share.
What started out small grew and grew as they now serve the community beyond what they can imagine. From Thanksgiving baskets to daily grocery drops, this family has grown into a ministry of many volunteers and willing hearts to serve. And with their Church behind them, they've been able to reach more and more families and more and more needs.
Jon and I got the chance to shadow them as they deliver food to two mobile home parks. We first pulled into Fresh & Easy where they pick up donated food labeled "Waste", which in turn, is actually good food that is unsellable by law. So what most, if not all, grocery stores throw away, Abba's Pantry (as well as many other organizations) picks up and distributes daily to families in need.
On these two particular days it was just Jennifer and her daughter Niki, and on the second day, Jennifer and her granddaughters passing out food.
And our hearts were humbled as we pulled into each park and saw the excitement on eager faces that didn't just look forward to food in their bags, but the hugs and intentional chats they would get from Jennifer and Niki and any other who volunteered that week.
This family and ministry offer more services of food drops, as well as fresh food basket deliveries, this event captured is their weekly delivery of food to families.
We are incredibly inspired by the hearts of the Underwood family and for the volunteers who have said "yes" to Love.
The ministry would like to thank:
Fresh & Easy
Calvary Chapel Wildwood