Churches should engage in food ministry, providing food in ways that acknowledge the systemic nature of poverty; treating food-insecure individuals as people who have gifts, strengths, and dreams; and recognizing food-secure and food-insecure people as equally loved and in possession of God-given gifts. The primary strength churches bring to food ministry is not their excess of food resources but the excess of Jesus’s love, care, and grace and our ability as church members to recognize that all of us need that love, care, and grace regardless of how much food we have.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How can you share the love, care, and grace of Jesus? Join the conversation.
Be the best in this work of grace in the same way that you are the best in everything, such as faith, speech, knowledge, total commitment, and the love we inspired in you.
—2 Corinthians 8:7 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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Find a food ministry in your area. Visit www.foodpantries.org.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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