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Monday, February 18, 2013

True Joy Comes From Serving

If you're missing joy in your life, consider becoming a servant.  I have found that there is no greater joy than to be part of something much bigger than myself in this life.  Like others, my focus tends to get lost on to-do lists, family events, children's sports and other activities, leaving me with little room left to be the servant I feel God has called me to be. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is why I chose the word "serve" as My Word for the Year.   It was important for me to make time to help others in some capacity, whether it's by cooking a meal for a sick friend, helping with a local fundraiser, or giving someone an encouraging word; all of these activities are ways to serve others.

This past weekend my children and I helped to pack enough food to feed 27,000 children worldwide through the organization Feed My Starving Children.  Overall, volunteers helped to feed 107,000 children in just one weekend's work (The goal was to pack enough food to help feed 100,000.).  When I heard this announcement being made, I felt overfilled with joy.  People generously gave up two hours of their day in order to offer this amazing gift to children worldwide.

Volunteers enjoying themselves as they serve
If you have never participated in a Feed My Starving Children event, I hope that after sharing our experience, you will consider finding a location near you hosting this event, and be a part of this wonderful ministry.

This is what our day there looked like. When we arrived at the church hosting this event, we were given hair nets and asked to take off any jewelry.  We then listened to a missionary from Africa speak about the need for food in this area, followed by a brief video of some of these children speaking about the dreams they have for their future.  The food that they receive helps them to be strong enough to be educated therefore the food isn't just for their physical health, but for their mental well-being as well.

After a prayer, we went into the auditorium where we were given instructions on the process of packaging the food.  There were four containers filled with various food items which four volunteers scooped into a bag.  The bag was then weighed.  My youngest son and I, along with some friends, sealed the bags and passed them to my oldest son and his friend.

Children as young as 6 can help serve

They were responsible for counting out 36 bags of food and putting them into the boxes.  The boxes were then taken to another table where they were sealed.  The process was very smoothly run and I must say that we had a lot of fun.  We listened to Christian music as we worked, yelled out excitedly when a box was filled, and made new friends.

This was our first time volunteering for this organization.  We are fortunate in that the church which hosts this event does it on a yearly basis, which means my family and I can be a part of this every year.  I am excited about that.

There are other opportunities coming up in my life to serve and I look forward to each and every one of them because there is no greater joy than to do what God has called us to do - SERVE.

Friends that served with us

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