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April 5 BTW Recap: Preparing to Feed 200 was a Joy

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I love to cook; especially when I know there are epicures ready to taste and eat!!

When asked to coordinate meal preparation for one of the projects under the April 5 Beyond the Walls outreach, we quickly formed a team (Marlene McGarrell, Connie Thompson, Audrey McKenzie and myself) and were able to provide food for 200 people. There was a lot of cooperation in getting the task done as we drew from each other’s strengths.  On Sabbath, our team gathered in the MAC kitchen to ensure that everything was in place, warm, and ready to move.

The members of the larger group all chipped in to make sure that the food station was up and ready to reach and serve the clients we were working with.  The group of people at the homeless shelter were orderly and very grateful for the food and other services we provided.   It was good to see and hear the smiles and words of appreciation for what was done.

We (the cooks) were not able to mingle much, as close attention needed to be paid to ensure quick and orderly distribution.  However, the audio system in place allowed us to hear the worship service and also the powerful testimony of our own Brother Jones.  It was also heartening to answer questions from the clients regarding which church we were from.

To be able to do what one likes and to see response for the service received  gives me the willingness to go out and serve again, knowing that someone somewhere is benefiting from the small service provided.  I urge others to simply give a few hours of service and receive a blessing.

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