Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Spartanburg MOBILE MEALS

I want to say a good word for MOBILE MEALS. It is a ministry of which most of us are somewhat aware. It exists behind the scenes, never calling attention to itself, but it does a wonderful service to the community. Each day a visitor/volunteer rides around and delivers hot meals to people who need them. In addition to the meals, love is served. A connection is made that is real. A few weeks ago I was privileged to be invited to Spartanburg’s Mobile Meals Board meeting as they organized for another year. I was invited because one of my members- Kim Jolley- is now serving as the Chair of the Board. I was asked to eat lunch with them and then to offer a prayer of blessing and dedication for the new and returning officers. Stories abounded about the good work that they do every day. The Chaplain of the group offered a story about a woman he had met. He read scripture and told the story and cried. We heard the financial report. I got the feeling that it was more upbeat that it had been in the last few years. Like all non-profit groups, they have suffered many losses from the recession. They receive some money in grants, but most of their income is from churches, groups, and individuals who give generously. Jane McQueen is the director of the program and does a wonderful job of bringing together people from all walks of like and faiths to provide this ministry of love. A meal is one thing, and is much needed- a hot meal at that. Many would have to go without were it not for Mobile Meals. More than that, volunteers give a human (and dare if say it?) and a divine touch. Love is the greatest need of all. Food is the vehicle. I am proud of Kim Jolley, who is just one of the many Bethel people who give themselves in service in Spartanburg. I am grateful for the work of Mobile Meals and recommend it, if you’re looking for somewhere to volunteer your time or give a worthy donation. So many times, we are overwhelmed by the great needs in our world and community. There is just so much to do; there are so many needy people. And, since we can’t do everything, we settle for doing nothing. What if all of us decided that we could do something, even a little, to make a difference in the lives of some? Meals on Wheels is just one example of a group of people who are determined to give and share with others who have needs. The next time you sit down to a hot meal remember that there are others who do not have that luxury, and Meals on Wheels reaches out to many of them. In some neighborhood, maybe your own, there is a man looking out the window and waiting for a visit from someone who cares. He is waiting on a hot meal, surely, but more than that, he is waiting on a person. Someone is waiting for you to reach out in love and service. Someone is expecting you. Someone is looking out their window wondering when you’re going to be there. Thanks God for Mobile Meals and for all of you who give in the name of Christ every day. Blessings! Dave Nichols

1 comment:

  1. Dave - Very nice blog post! Thanks for blessing Mobile Meals of Spartanburg and the Board of Directors as we begin a new year. We enjoyed having you attend our meeting. Kim

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