By Whitney Thurman
My daughter, Haddie, and I recently had an opportunity to join the new Third Sunday Mobile Loaves and Fishes route. We arrived a little before 4:00 p.m. on a slightly rainy Sunday afternoon. While we waited for the gate to be unlocked, we met two newcomers to First Church and two longtime members—all of us were first-timers with Mobile Loaves and Fishes. The six of us chatted for a few minutes, and by the time we entered the kitchen, we were well acquainted.
After we entered the MLF kitchen and received an overview of the “make-ready” process, we got right to work. Haddie elected to be the “counter,” so she and I worked together to sort and count fruit, chips, cookies, pudding, juice, and socks. This gave her an opportunity to practice her kindergarten counting skills as well as to ask lots of questions about the food we were preparing and the people we would be serving. After a short prayer, we set out in the truck to deliver our wares and to meet neighbors in need.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to belong to a church community that regularly puts itself into the wider community to find the good that is out there. As my friend and truckmate Trevor so eloquently put it, “if you go out and look for the good, you will find it.” I am also grateful that our church welcomes and embraces my 6-year-old with her slightly messy sandwich making and her long list of questions as an equal partner in this mission of loving and serving our neighbors.