Hope is something that we all need. The expectation that something good and something better is on its way is what allows us to endure through the difficult trials and trying times. We press ahead in hopeful anticipation. Jesus told us that in this world, we would have trouble. But, then He told us, “Take heart for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). It is in this overcoming of the hardships of this world that we rejoice with Jesus in the victories over our hardships, and also in the ultimate victory over death. Family Hope, an organization led by Dale Olson, in Fulshear is bolstering the hope of those who come to him in need. These families are facing difficult times and situations, and Dale is there to remind them to persevere and to find hope in Jesus Christ.
Parkway partnered with Family Hope this last Saturday to distribute food to a record -breaking 721 people! These people gathered early on Saturday morning, getting into line, to receive their produce from the Houston Food Bank Produce truck. The truck pulled into the back of a neighboring church, where it was unloaded. Huge pallets of potatoes, bread, corn, carrots, and other produce were unloaded and then sorted by our volunteers. Earlier in the week a homeschooling group, led by Lawsona Gandy, sorted 50 pound bags of rice and beans into 300 smaller bags. Inside the church, as the people were gathering, waiting for their food, they were given a message of hope from the Word of God. As they pulled their cars around to receive their food, many were seen with tears in their eyes. One last gift was given before they drove away, a prayer offered on their behalf in the name of Jesus.
One volunteer, Floyd Spivey, shared that he had seen one woman weeping, and he went over to ask her if she was okay. Her daughter explained that her mother was overcome with joy at the provision of the Lord. She also explained that this was the first time that they have ever needed to come to get food. Sometimes, life is simply not what we had planned or expected, and at one time or another, we all find ourselves in a place of need. Floyd was humbled that he was able to be part of the generous gifting that God had provided for that family.
Dale Olson shared afterward that a mother had come to him thanking him. She shared that her young daughter was pregnant and that she had no food in her home. Jesus teaches us to feed the hungry, and that in doing so, we are truly serving Him. I have no doubt that Jesus was fed by the generous giving of the many volunteers on Saturday and the partnership of the church, Family Hope, and The Houston Food Bank.
Romans 12:12 tells us to “Rejoice in hope. Be patient in affliction. Be constant in prayer.” I am thankful to have witnessed this through out the body of Christ last Saturday. Family Hope holds a food distribution every second Saturday of the month. It is a great way to demonstrate the gospel to people who are in need.