More people, more Spanish, more charades

We have just finished up our 5th day of having the food pantry open.   As of today, we have served just over 20 families (some have come more than once) from this area.  I am amazed at the opportunity we have here to love on everyone who comes to our home.  We feel blessed beyond words!

We are seeing quite a few folks who only speak Spanish.  (There have been some moments of pure comedy.) We need translators!  God has not yet blessed us with the gift of the Spanish tongue…so until then, if you speak Spanish and you just don’t know what to do on Tuesdays from 4-8:00, we could use your help!  Please contact me if you’d like to volunteer.

Many of you have asked what types of food/non-food items are most popular.  Now we can tell you!!

Here is a small list of items that we are getting low in.

  • canned fruit
  • boxed cereal
  • refried beans
  • bagged beans
  • bagged rice
  • tortillas
  • vegetable oil
  • Bisquick

We also have a few items that we do not need ANY MORE of….green beans and corn.  I think we could feed a small army with the amount we have. 🙂

As for Tuesdays, in general, we are having a great time!  There have been many humbling moments, God moments, praying, receiving, giving, talking and working.  We’re praying for more workers, more vision of the Kingdom of God, and more revelation of His Love.

Keep praying for our family, that His Light would outshine our imperfections and that He would be glorified!


a few things

I am going to do this the easy way and just number all the items that need to be updated. 🙂

  1. Our interview at Radio Movimiento was quite an experience!  We had an hour of live “air time” to answer questions and talk freely about the food pantry, why we do what we do, and even some about our travels around the States.  Andy did most of the talking (which I was fine with….working with a translator is hard!) and he did a fabulous job at explaining things.  Thank you PCUN for helping us get the Word out!  Thank you Hector and Mary for arranging this interview.  And thank you all for praying, God continues to pave the way.
  2. During our radio interview we were informed of a small, but very BIG mistake on our JFP brochure that was translated into Spanish!  If you have one, please know  that we DO NOT require identification or proof of residency to receive a bag of food!!!  We have corrected this already, and if you would like some new brochures, please let us know.
  3. Yesterday was our 3rd Tuesday that the food pantry has been opened!  More folks are hearing about us and trickling in, thanks to newspaper articles, KATU news, our covenant churches, radio broadcasts, friends, and brochures that have been mysteriously placed at laundromats, mini-marts,  and gas stations around the area.  We have stood in awe of how God has encouraged us with so much support and help.  Thank you to those who have volunteered their time, resources and gifts to this ministry; your efforts and availability has not gone unnoticed.

Strawberries and lettuce from Bauman Farm

Hector with junior high students (fronting canned foods)

Radio interview this week

We will be going into PCUN on Monday to record an hour worth of audio to get the word out about the JFP to the Latino community in and around Woodburn.  Click here to read more about this opportunity.