We are now in the early stages of planning our 7th local Feed My Starving Children MobilePack, Meals From Michiana. I became the coordinator for this event in our Northern Indiana community 2 years ago. The MobilePack manual provided by FMSC has been my constant companion as I organize and plan. Everything that needs to be done for a successful Manna Pack is explained in this notebook. The first instructions are to appoint leaders to 7 different committees: Leadership, Prayer, Promotion, Fundraising, Logistics, Volunteers, and Hospitality. Administration comes easy when FMSC has already created the “big picture”. Once I saw the overall plan, it wasn’t hard to get leaders for the various committees.
However, that first year, no one stepped up to take the role of Prayer Leader. After asking several people personally, and still getting no volunteer, I created prayer cards for all the other committee leaders. We tried to pray individually, and of course, corporately whenever we had meetings. That worked okay, but I felt it was still lacking.
Were we praying enough?
The second year, all committee leadership positions filled quickly, but again, no one chose the Prayer Committee. I tried to think of a way to get everyone involved in praying for our MobilePack. I was inspired by a conversation I had with a local businessman. He had been walking the sidewalks of our community, praying for the small businesses. He said he was “claiming them for God”. He then talked of his surprise at how the walks were transforming him, making him love this community and its people more and more.
Our MobilePack was 7 weeks away, and with new resolve, I contacted our core volunteers. I told them I would be at the event center at 7:30 a.m. for the next 6 Saturdays. I asked them to join me to walk around the facility and pray for our Pack. When Saturday arrived, it was wet and chilly, but as I waited in my car, more vehicles pulled into the parking lot. Fortunately, there are few schedule conflicts that early on Saturdays — and people came to pray!
Our event center is a sprawling, odd-shaped building. There is pavement along two sides of the building, and nothing but tall grass and dirt on the other two sides.
We started off a bit awkward, walking, dodging puddles, and praying out loud. We must have been a curious sight to people on the nearby freeway. Heads lowered, hot coffee in hand, walking, and talking.
We prayed for the MobilePack and the starving children; we prayed for the building and for the volunteers; we asked God for safety; we prayed for the FMSC staff. We asked for our community to be transformed by this event.
And we claimed the event for God.
And by the time we completed the circle, we all felt excitement in the air. No one hurried to his car. People stood around talking about God, the Pack, and the kids who would receive the meals.
And that’s when I knew this would work.
Walking and praying together refocused us. We were no longer worried about the volunteers, or the money, or the logistics of the Pack.
He would take care of the details. God had lifted the burden.
And the next Saturday, they all came back. In fact, every Saturday leading up to our FMSC MobilePack, we prayed around the perimeter of that building, staking our claim. God honored those prayers, and our MobilePack ran smoothly, volunteers were in abundance, and we packed over and above our goal.
As we move forward, planning for our 2016 MobilePack, all the committee leaders are in place. This year, I’m not seeking a Prayer Leader. I’m planning a Prayer Walk. We will walk and pray. I’m not worried about participation.
They will come.
It was that powerful.