Apr 16 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Full Circle Food Story In The News

This story appeared in a recent edition of the Charlotte Observer.  You’ll love how it demonstrates what it means to be a full color church engaging in Radical Impact Projects.

Packaged meals come full circle for refugee in Charlotte

 
  • - COURTESY OF THE REV. TALBOT DAVIS
    Almost 2,600 people spent a recent Sunday morning at Good Shepherd Church in Steele Creek packing meals of dried food, which will be delivered to people in other countries who are hungry.

  • Matt Crace – COURTESY OF MATT CRACE
    Food packed at Good Shepherd Church in March will be sent overseas to people who are hungry.

  • - COURTESY OF JEROLINE PEAH
    Jeroline Peah once benefited from the meals she now helps prepare for people in need.
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Jeroline Peah spent four years in a refugee camp in Mali after her family fled from a civil war in their home country of Liberia.

The family of eight lived in what amounted to a storage unit, and occasionally they’d get a few meals of packaged dried food such as rice and beans.

“It was really helpful,” Peah said.Now a young adult, Peah, 26, has lived in the United States for about 12 years since her family received asylum. She settled in Charlotte, where a cousin lives, and began attending Good Shepherd Church in Steele Creek about a year ago.

At the end of March, Peah joined about 2,600 people at the church to help pack more than 250,000 meals of dried food to be sent overseas.She found a place in an assembly line in the church’s worship center, and soon the Rev. Talbot Davis announced that the food would be shipped overseas to help people who were hungry.

“I thought, ‘This is how it happened,’ ” Peah said. “ ‘This is how I got food and how I was able to eat.’ ”She got so excited that she began to jump up and down. The meals she was packing were the same types of meals that had helped her family survive.

Peah ended up walking out to the parking lot after her volunteer shift with Davis, who annually leads Good Shepherd Church in a large-scale “Radical Impact Project” like the meal-packing event in March.

She told Davis her story.Davis described the moment as a “heart stopper.”“It put a face on the masses of meals and throngs of people,” Davis said. “She knew the full-circled-ness, and she was glad to do for someone else what someone had done for her.”

So many people showed up on March 30 to pack meals at Good Shepherd Church that some waited in a line outside the door for an open spot on the meal-packing line.

Peah said as she volunteered her mind wandered to who might receive the meals Good Shepherd was assembling.In Mali, her family had to stretch a bag of rice or a few packed meals as long as possible. When a truck finally arrived to deliver meals, they were thankful that someone had taken the time to assemble the meal and send them, Peah said.She said sometimes the family rationed the food between the eight of them, and other times they took it into a nearby village to trade for much-needed items such as soap or milk.

Peah was thrilled to help with a project that could benefit other refugees, who she said will wake up in the morning knowing they have food to eat that day.

“This will probably be someone else just like me 10 years down the road, doing the same thing I’m doing right now,” Peah said about packing the food. “It was a wonderful experience, and I would do it over and over again if I could.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/12/4831365/packaged-meals-come-full-circle.html#storylink=cpy

 

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Apr 15 2014

Palabras de Deb: Does Membership Matter

I was scrolling through email and deleting the mass emails that I get regularly (sometimes I read them, sometimes I don’t) and saw an article title that got my attention: ‘Does Membership Matter Anymore?” I appreciated the article because it resonates …

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Apr 15 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: You Know How When…

Last week I attended a conference.   The keynote speaker told us to use more stories in the work that we do.  That’s not a new idea for me – we use stories all the time in the work we do at the Foundation.  It’s so easy to see the presen…

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Apr 15 2014

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible – A Review

Zondervan Essential Atlas
of the Bible



by
Carl G. Rasmussen


A Review


This atlas is the one that should be in every lay person’s library.  It is the atlas that should be in every church library.  It is the atlas that would be great at the back of every Study Bible – except at 160 pages, it would never fit.  The only exception would be the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible – a 300 page tool from which much of what is in its smaller brother was taken   


The 3-D maps are pleasure to look at and use.  They will assist the reader in understanding the history and travel issues that faced people living in either the Old Testament or New Testament eras.   The maps are detailed; but, as expected, the atlas also includes includes substantial details connecting the history of the scriptures with the land upon which it occurred.   


The atlas divides its contents into two major sections based on Geography and History.  The first five chapters describe the geography of the Holy Land from Egypt to Mesopotamia – examining the topography, regions, weather, and roads that defined the Biblical era as a whole.  The remaining 17 chapters focus on the historical periods that allow the reader to follow the events that occurred from creation to Christ’s life.  The final chapter includes a closer look at the city of Jerusalem – as it changed over time.  


As the introduction points out, this volume will serve as an excellent tool for personal Bible Study, group study, or as ancillary text in Bible School or College.  I would think the seminary or graduate student might prefer having access to the more complete 300 page book from which this book is derived.  It should be noted that the difference in price between the two books is not significant – the user may find it hard to decide between the two based on price.
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This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Apr 15 2014

connexions: Latest foodbank figures ’should shock and anger’ say Churches

900,000 needing to use foodbanks “should shock and anger us”
Figures “should lead Government to examine why the post-Welfare Reform benefits system allows so many people to go hungry.”

Leaders of the Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain and United Reformed Church have responded with concern to the latest figures from the Trussell Trust, released today.
“These [...]

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Apr 15 2014

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: The Garden Plot – A Review



A Review


A classy cozy mystery starring Pru Parke, a transplant from Dallas, TX, to the English countryside, with the hope of working in the garden estates of the landed gentry.  As the one year deadline she had given herself is coming to an end, she also finds herself wrapped in a murder mystery that may force her to stay in England longer than her finances will allow,


It was a pleasant read as my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on our very first Caribbean cruise.  The visits Pru makes to various English gardens throughout the story added a vacation feel to the book, though the excessive number of rejection letters she received for positions for which she applied or interviewed was a downer.  Perhaps it was bit too much like real life at the start of the 21st century.


In the midst of her part time job Pru discovers a body in shed on the property that served as temporary employment while waiting and hoping for that permanent position that would allow her to remain in England.  It is this murder and Pru’s lack of a permanent position that serve to anchor the story and give a believable quality.  


Though it served as a pleasant vacation read for me, for others it will no doubt serve as a similarly pleasant Spring read (for those in the northern hemisphere) as the days grow longer and the temperature warms up.  
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