By Trevor Harper
The 1st Thursday Mobile Loaves and Fishes run was one of my very first introductions to FUMC Austin’s commitment to Mercy & Justice. It seems like such a simple ministry, but it didn’t take me long at all to see just how profound this little road trip can be. We made sandwiches, we chatted, and we fed the foodless (to borrow a phrase from the sweet and wise Jack).
I was hooked from my first run. While I’m proud to work with this incredible Church at getting to the root of food insecurity and the systemic causes of poverty in our community, there is nothing quite like simply giving food to someone who is hungry. I have a heart-connection to feeding ministries and I knew right away that these Thursdays would feed my own spirituality in a new way.
What I didn’t expect was the family I would come to recognize in the neighbors we feed and people we pile into the truck. I’ve watched some of our kids grow taller and smarter and I’ve picked up many a conversation with new friends right where we left off on the last run.
More than anything though, I know that someone we met went to sleep that night without feeling hunger pangs. A child didn’t have to go without dinner. Someone lonely made a friend.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes is a blessing to so many and a shining example of what we can do beyond our sanctuary.