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Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)

TITLE: Gods Hospitality !
By Deena Walls


"Be prepared for anything " We felt like God was shouting out to us a few days ago, as the food bank truck arrived with a couple thousand lbs. of food for USDA. Moving, bagging, tying, stocking, distributing became like a second nature as we came together for one purpose to Glorify God! Its amazing that in our minds we cannot even begin to comprehend the things of God!

Then there were the shelves, beautiful steel shelves that equipped us with twice if not triple the space, and God even sent an angel to assemble them! Now lets talk about abundance as to our Pepperidge Farm we had more bread and goldfish than our 100 + families could take home, and more bagels, sweets, and produce then anyone could ever use in a week. We even had potatoes left over which hardly ever happens.

Godís floodgates were opening !

The "anything" I think we were gearing up for was a phone call received that singled us out to pick up an entire convention's worth of food! (Yes you heard me right ) Vendors from all over the US gathered at the Williamsburg Marriott to sell their products to convenient store owners.So the vendors brought in lots of sample products to hook the owners in! We then got to collect from more than fifty booths crammed into a glorious ballroom everything left over! Soda, water, paper products, chips, candies, ices cream, chicken, pizza, corn dogs, pastries, bread, creamers . . . and so on! We moved nearly 5000 lbs. of food into the vehicles of our faithful volunteers, and traveled about four miles to the outreach center where unloading the span of food was endless and again our volunteers worked tirelessly to extract the blessings from the convoy! After a good night sleep and a wee bit of rest for our aching bones, we are sitting back and looking at Gods hospitality and going WOW!

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Romans 12: 10-13

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Delores McCarter02/14/05
Wow! Amazing story. I would have liked to see a little more introduction in the beginning to establish the reason for the food bank and what was going on in the community to render such a response. But it was still a great demonstration of seeing God's hand in the mist. There was a similar circumstance that happened at my church (but on a much smaller scale). It was great to read about another one's experience.
Karen O'Leary02/14/05
This starts out with a lot of energy. Good job! It gets a little bogged down in the 4th paragraph. Best wishes with your story.
donna robinson02/14/05
you got the details down pat but I would have loved to see this through more of a narrative, I wanted to know these people who were working so hard! What a wonderful blessing that day must have been!
Phyllis Inniss 02/15/05
God is great and greatly to be praised. Thanks for sharing.
L.M. Lee02/16/05
love events like this...everyone works hard, laughs and God is gloried