A few weeks ago, Hubby and I had the privilege of attending a banquet to thank some very
special volunteers. Seventeen years ago, the Southern Baptist Churches in our middle
Georgia area decided to combine their resources and sponsor a food bank.They named
it Christian Social Ministries (CSM) and asked folks from those same churches to
serve there. So, every Tues and Thurs volunteers work to provide food and
counseling to hungry families in our community and surrounding counties.
The decorations were pretty and pink and the food was tasty.
A local quartet provede the musical entertainment.
But the best part was seeing old friends...folks we went to church with for many years.
Now, we are scattered to other places of worship, but our hearts are forever knit together.
There are two groups of volunteers at the food bank...counselors, who share the gospel and pray with each person who comes in, and the "kitchen crew", those who pack the sacks of canned goods, meats, bread, etc. In the seventeen years, 1.1 million families have been helped and 4.4 million pounds of food have been distributed. The amount of food available and the number of families that come in changes from day to day, but, they have never run out of food. It's been close a few times, but they have always been able to give each family their allotted amount before closing the doors for the day.
About 15 years ago, before I was working, our daughter and I volunteered there during the summers.
We loved it! Now that Hubby is "mostly" retired, he serves two Thursdays a month and understands why we enjoyed it so much! The ministry is certainly a testimony to the fact that God provides for
His work done His way... and to what can be accomplished when like-minded people work together
to make a difference in this world...and for eternity!