Florida – July 19 Our Day Was Packed!

One of our joys of being with a church is the ability to help them accomplish tasks they could not do on their own. In this case, Pastor Shannon Hollinger coordinated a packing day with the organization “Feed My Starving Children” and used our team to facilitate the packaging process. FMSC had three staff members come in and direct volunteers from the church to pack and prepare food to be shipped overseas. Our OBers worked alongside church members and their friends for three, two-hour shifts creating “manna packs”: a mixture of vitamins, veggies, soy and rice. All-in-all, we packed enough food for 278 children to receive consistent meals for an entire year! We were blessed to have conversations with the other volunteers and celebrate together in the day’s accomplishments.

Once cleanup had finished, students met with their host homes. Last night we all stayed at the church, but we were able to get host families to house our students tonight. Tomorrow morning will be our last Sunday together as a team, which means it will be our last Sunday program. We know many families will be visiting for this one, and we are excited to see the tour end well. That being said, there will be many mixed emotions of happiness and sadness. However, we do not want our ministry to suffer from being distracted, so please join us in praying for the students to be focused and guarded by the Spirit emotionally tomorrow. There is a time and place for all of these feelings, but we want to finish well and see that Northwest Chapel gets our best in everything tomorrow – just as we tried to give at all the other stops.

Kayla and Evan at a packing station

Kayla and Evan at a packing station

Kirsten having a conversation while packing food

Kirsten and Grant having a conversation while packing food

Jen working at one of the packing stations

Jen working at one of the packing stations

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Evan and Joey talking to one of the volunteers before a packing session

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Kirsten and Jeremy talking to a couple people before a packing session

Gabby talking to a couple before the packing session

Gabby talking to a couple before the packing session

Pastor Shannon speaking before one of the packing sessions

Pastor Shannon speaking before the Feed My Starving Children event

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Jared praying over the shipment of food

Jared praying over the shipment of food