Our focus in Outreach this week is on our two food pantry ministries – Life Unlimited Food Ministry in Fort Worth and Newark Food Pantry. Both ministry groups give our church members the opportunity to love on others in our community while feeding them both physically and spiritually. By doing this, we are following multiple examples throughout Scripture showing the importance of feeding others.
In all four Gospels we can read about Jesus feeding the 5,000. He wasn’t going to send them away to find their own food. He had just spent hours feeding them spiritually – now He was ready to use His faith to feed them physically. Even when it doesn’t look like there will be enough, we see how God can multiply the resources we have to meet the needs of others.
We can also read about meeting someone’s physical needs in Luke 3:10-11 where John the Baptist is preparing the way for the Lord’s arrival. The crowds begin to ask him what they should be doing, and he replies, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
But it’s not all about meeting the physical needs. We’re called to help meet the spiritual needs as well. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus reminds us, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” After His resurrection, He once again states how important it is to go out and teach the Good News and make disciples out of all nations. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15)
At both Life Unlimited Ministries and Newark Food Pantry, people hear about the real provider that sustains them – Jehovah-Jireh. Their spirits are fed with the Gospel message. They will never walk away with just physical food – we feed their spirit, soul, and body.
Life Unlimited Food Pantry – serves every Thursday, 8:30am – 12:00pm; Location – 3804 N Grove St., Fort Worth, TX 76106
Newark Food Pantry – serves every Tuesday in March, June, Sept, & Dec (quarterly), 8:00am – 11:00am; Location – 508 Main St., Newark, TX 76071
These food pantry ministries are vitally important to the communities surrounding EMIC and they always welcome new volunteers. If you would like to help us continue feeding others, there is room for you! For more information, contact EMIC Outreach at (817) 252-2970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.