We are about 10 weeks out from our 6th annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. That sounds like a long time, but really, we have a whole community to canvas and make aware of this amazing event; the time is short. You’d think with it being our 6th year that FMSC MobilePack would be a household phrase in our area. Unfortunately, that is not the case. We have just barely scratched the surface of the hands and funds that can provide food for these kids.
Each year we have “upped” the number of meals we pack, and therefore, the amount of funds we need goes up as well. In 2011 we packed 257,000 meals and raised $56,000. In September, we hope to pack 650,000 meals and raise $143,000! Those totals are daunting to me. The task is too big. I’m not sure we can do it. Thankfully, its not about me. I’m not the one in charge of who helps and who gives. God has faithfully taken care of that part. Each year, to the amazement of those of us on the leadership team, the people come to pack and the people come to give. Every year we’ve met our goal. And every year, we thank God for moving the hearts of the people.
This past weekend, as I prepared promo materials to hand out in our community for our upcoming MobilePack, my daughter sent me a news release about the Dominican Republic and Haiti. There is a crisis on the border even as I type this post. Love A Child, an orphanage located in Haiti who is a big recipient of FMSC MannaPacks, wrote this on their blog,
“The Haitians, who are mostly children of illegals and were born in the Dominican Republic, are now being removed. They have no birth certificates for either country and are being DEPORTED out of the Dominican Republic. This is the only home they know and in Haiti they have no family and don’t speak the language. They ARE NOT RETURNING ON THEIR OWN, they have no place to go, and most of them speak only Spanish. It is a nightmare.”
I emailed my contact at Feed My Starving Children to see what they knew about this situation. I didn’t have to wait long for a reply,
“FMSC is monitoring the DR/Haiti immigration issue very closely. We are in communication with some of our largest Haiti partners as they determine their role. So far, one of our largest partners has diverted 4 of their allocated containers to Haiti for this specific need”.
That’s over a million meals!
And THAT is why we pack this food.
In another email, a Love A Child representative said,
“the best way for you to help is to pray and keep on packing those meals — they are getting to us!”
So it is with renewed vigor and energy that we promote our MobilePack for September. Every meal counts. Every one. There is a Pack close to where you live. You can find one by going to fmsc.org and searching for MobilePack locations. Grab your children, your parents, or your neighbors and get involved! It is an awesome experience and you’ll be glad you did. Comment here if you pack — I’d love to hear about it.
“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
If you’d like to know more about Feed My Starving Children, go to: fmsc.org
If you’d like to donate to our community MoiblePack, go to: fundraising.fmsc.org/Michiana.
If you donate, I would love a brief, general comment here — and thank you! God bless.