Well, we did it. GoWeek 2019 with the Central Texas Food Bank is over. We arrived at the Food Bank early this morning, so we checked in for our shift (9:00 in the warehouse) and waited until it was time to get to work. Cooper was pretty tired, so he decided to seize the opportunity and take a nap (see pic below). Before long, it was 9:00 and we gathered up to hear a few instructions and then headed to the warehouse. It’s a pretty big job, so they brought in another group from Oracle, a software company, to help out. The warehouse is where boxes of donated goods are taken off of pallets and sorted to be sent out to partner organizations, like churches and community centers. Today, there were several teams w/ different tasks. Most of the product we dealt with was frozen meat and the like, some had to identify whether the food was safe to eat; there were several groups at the conveyor belt sorting different types of meats, (frozen lunch meat, turkey, ham, ground beef, etc.) or prepping it to be put on pallets and sent back out of the warehouse for shipping. While the rest of our group manned the line, my dad and I made labels for the different products. For each “category” — lunch meat, ground beef, etc. — we had to write down its five-digit item number, the type of meat, and its weight. It sounds hard, but they had all that stuff written down for us already, so we just had to copy it over. Ultimately though, every box going out needs to be labeled, so we must’ve have made between 500 and 1000 stickers! At least we didn’t have to count a bajillion sporks this time. Label-making is more my speed. Anyway, with the help of the Oracle volunteers, we helped provide a total of — drumroll — 7,750 MEALS! We were able to come together, not just today, but all week, and contribute a whole lot of food to our community and state as a whole, and as a result, lend our hands and our hearts toward the ultimate cause — getting out of our comfort zone and loving on people! Jesus taught that when we serve, practicing humility and kindness towards our neighbor, then we also will experience God’s love and increase in our desire to obey Him. I don’t know exactly how everyone else in the group felt, but I am for sure more in love with God after this week. The work He can do with less than 100 people, even just one person, has the potential to change lives, for instance, providing 7,750 meals to those in need.Why? it’s simple. He loves every one of us, rich or poor, hungry or fed, beyond any level of affection we could ever imagine. Service is our small, but meaningful way of sharing that message of love to those around us. He loves you, He created you, and He wants you to trust in Him. Once you do, you’ll never be the same, and, if you let Him, He’ll use you to do amazing things. Give it a shot. It’s worth it. Thanks for praying for us this week, and I hope our stories have given you a little hope and joy. Thanks for reading them. One final time, I’ll ask you to pray for us. Pray that our experiences from the week will last, and that we will never forget what God did this week in us and His providence for the Central Texas Food Bank.
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