Thursday, March 24, 2011

Real Ministry!

OK, I'm proud, I'll admit it. Every Thursday night a group of young men and women meet at our church kitchen to cook. They are Westmont students participating in a weekly ministry called "Bread of Life." From 4:00 p.m. till about 6:00 p.m. they cook up really great meals. What you see above is a meal of fajitas for about 60-75 people. Along with the hot meal, they make a salad and bring beverages. Where: they drive to a Santa Barbara park where the homeless gather every night for a hot meal. Bread of Life does Thursdays...every Thursday....even during the summer.

But more than a meal, they sit down and eat with those who arrive. And what makes me proud tonight is that it's totally miserable outside. It's 53 degrees and falling and rain has been coming down for days! It's not a nice night for a picnic or walk, much less sleeping outside with no permanent home. But these young people know what real ministry is: following where God's heart goes. And do you know what's best?

When I stop by to thank them for their hard work (they could be eating a warm dry meal with friends up on campus) they stop and to a person thank me for allowing them to use our kitchen! How good is that?


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