Working hard and serving others are part of life at Gleanings For The Hungry. Occasionally, we take those concepts on the road to impart into others. Recently, we packed up some peaches, and pictures, and went to Pasadena, CA to share the message of who we are and what we do, at the Christian Home Education Association (CHEA) conference. For three days we made friends and talked about sharing God’s love all around the world. Longtime friends and volunteers stopped by to chat, and soon they were telling passers-by their own experiences. There was a fun moment when two different long-time friends of Gleanings were at the booth and met for the first time.
In June, we also loaded up everything needed to package dried soup mix and took it to a Vacation Bible School. First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield, CA invited us last year; it went so well they REALLY wanted us to come back a second year. The kids are so cute, and the opportunity to share the simple message of serving Christ while serving others was too great to pass up.
God is so faithful, and his abundance is evident. So often we brag on God’s abundance in terms of the amount of ingredients donated, or the volume of soup produced during a week. We have been noticing His abundance and blessings in our midst in various other ways as well: Just look at all of those young people here as summer staff! Our summer staff program is alive and well! These interns are faithfully running peach plant operations, and ministering to teams as they come to work. We got some candid pictures of a few of our summer staff last week. Clearly hard work is not the only thing that goes on around here!
The teams that came and served this week were from Eastern Oregon all the way down the Pacific Coast to San Diego, CA. What a great mixture of people, talent, work, fun and ministry! Every week there have been some testimonies of people being healed, and set free while they are here. Over 500 bins of fresh fruit were processed this week, as well as 163,000 servings of soup mix!
We just wanted to share some peach pictures! Yes we are in summer peach season, and oh the peaches are beautiful. We are busy with teams coming, long summer days, and did I mention peaches?
We love to do prayer and intercession on Thursdays, but today is a special Thursday. It’s the National Day Of Prayer. Will you join us in prayer? Pray with us for our Nation, and State, and local governments. Pray with us for our children, and education Pray for us for our Church – Unity, brotherly love, opportunities to share God’s good news. Pray for us about issues that divide our nation like gender and sexuality issues. Pray with us for those refugees in harms way, and trying to find a place in the world.