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SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY

Rebecca King, 22

On April 23, 2011, homes in Trenton, Georgia, were ripped in half. Roofs were missing from the tops of houses. Trees were splintered and hanging on power lines.

My parents and I surveyed the damage as we headed into town. Fortunately, our church had suffered no damage from the tornadoes. We went inside and asked, “What can we do?” Children in the nursery needed to be watched, and meals needed to be prepared for people without homes or power. I heard children say how scared they were, and I was sad for the kids who had lost almost everything.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8 (NRSV)

For three days, I alternated between serving meals and helping in the nursery. After I called radio and news stations to let them know we were offering assistance, our pastor rushed in to say that three eighteen-wheelers were bringing supplies to our church. We cheered and offered praise for the work God was doing.

Every day, I was reminded of the story of the loaves and fishes. Whenever something was needed, it was donated; each day ended with more food than when it began. In eleven days, we served over fourteen thousand meals; and still the donation boxes were overflowing. In fact, we were able to donate food to the tri-state pantry and clothes to Teen Challenge.

 

ACT ON IT: Do whatever you can to help your community, especially in times of crisis—even if what you do is as simple as giving a hot meal to a needy family.

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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