Several years ago Marshfield Christian Church developed a new mission and vision for their community of faith. Through much prayer and discussion the congregation felt called to honor their history and imagine a future where they could feed themselves and others in the community physically AND spiritually. However, they didn’t know what that would look like. Then an opportunity presented itself to partner with Ozarks Food Harvest to distribute USDA food commodities to citizens in Webster county struggling with food insecurity.
Now in its third year, our Bread of Life ministry regularly provides food to approximately 250 families in Webster county. By applying for matching grants, partnering with the local alternative school, and tapping into the congregation and community, MCC is able to receive, package, and distribute thousands of pounds of food each month, all within the course of about 7 hours. This all-volunteer effort has breathed new life and a spirit of service and innovation into the congregation. And, has proved that listening for God’s will and direction can take you to unexpected and life-giving places.
Story and photos courtesy of pastor Alex Ruth.