Holiday giving specifics

We have been approached a number of times recently by some folks who would like to help with the holiday season in some way or another.   Praying through this, so that we can direct you to something concrete and helpful, we have come up with some ideas.  These are items that could be handed out the week of Christmas and/or throughout the year to bless all of the families that come to the Jubilee Food Pantry.

  • Turkeys!!!  We would love to hand out a turkey to each family who comes to pantry during the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  HOWEVER, we do not have freezer space, so please be ready to deliver them on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And please let me know, by e-mail or facebook, if you have a turkey to give.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible (Spanish/English version)
  • NIV Bible (Spanish/English version)
  • Diapers!  We would also love to hand out a big package of diapers to each family who has children on Christmas.  The most popular sizes are 3, 4, 5 but we will take any size.

As always, we want to extend an invite to all of you to pay us a visit.  We have families come every Tuesday, all year long, who would love to meet you, know your name, and be known themselves.  And this invitation is not just to the Jubilee Food Pantry; there are families, elderly, homeless, orphans, EVERYWHERE.  Jesus came into the world as a helpless baby of a poor family to remind us that every nobody is a SOMEBODY.  Jesus came to be with the nobody’s and asked us to imitate Him.  He then gave us the power to do it, through His Holy Spirit.  So, before you quickly give to the nearest charity (which is not bad), stop and ask Him what He wants of you.  “With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Thank you and may you be blessed by His amazing Grace this holiday season.

Stories from the JFP

Relationship.  This is what Jubilee Food Pantry was opened for.  Food is often the conduit for opportunity.

We wanted to share some experiences we have had with some individuals that might give you a better understanding of what happens here, who our guests are, and more specifics on how you can pray for us.

Margarita, or Margo, has been coming to the food pantry since June of last year.  She has become a friend of mine, not because we have a lot in common, but because God wants us to be friends.  I have grown to love her and think of her as family.  She is a single mom of 5 kids, lives in a tiny apartment around the corner from us with 4 of her children, husband/partner (not sure which) left her for another woman last summer, speaks little English, struggles daily with depression, anxiety, and voices in her head, and now works long hours sewing mattresses in Wilsonville.  Margo is caught in a life of strife.  She is poor, with little language skills, on lots of meds and young kids at home.  I see Margarita often (her family was one that took part in the community garden) on Tuesdays and then during the week.  She has grown to trust me and my family- this is big.  Her extended family trusts me- this is also big.  Please pray with us for her and her family, that they would find His Peace, His Love/Power, and His Faithfulness.

Cece (that is not her real name) has been coming to the food pantry for 2 months.  The second time I saw her on a Tuesday, I walked to her car with her and she shared with me that her husband had just left her and her two daughters (1 month old and 3 yrs old).  She was a wreck.  She speaks almost no English and my Spanish is very beginner with that kind of conversation.  I prayed with her and asked her how we could help more, she said “diapers”.  We supplied.  And she continues to come every week, for diapers, relationship, prayer and someone to listen.  As far as I can understand, she just found out that her husband is in Florida with another woman and has asked her to sign divorce papers.  Her heart is broken, angry, confused and so sad for her daughters who are confused as well.  Please pray that she would know our Father more and more each time we meet no matter what language is spoken.  Pray that Andy and I would not take these burdens on ourselves, rather, we would hand them to Jesus each time.

Al has been regularly coming to food pantry since last summer.  We have grown to love him.  He is a white, English speaking man (minority in our parts ;)) and lives in a very old house in the middle of town.  He is quiet, soft-spoken, and down-trodden.  His marriage has suffered many ups and downs.  He heats his house with scrap wood- whatever he can find, and struggles to make ends meet.  He is constantly thanking Andy and I for our generosity and always wants to make sure we know he doesn’t want to take advantage of us.  Him and I had a sweet moment one day in the middle of him grabbing food off the shelves.  He started crying big crocodile tears as I prayed for him. Ever since, he always says how much that meant to him, as well as how much God is good to him.  Pray for Al that He would know that he is KNOWN and free.

Bernadina has been coming since last winter.  She is a spicy character that has kept us on our toes.  Her grabby hands and intense fear and/or entitlement requires of us loving and consistent reminders that we will have more than enough if we each take what is offered.  She, as well as a few others, fear scarcity.  And this keeps me in check with myself as I speak these reminders to her.  We have more than enough, do not fear.  Pray for her, that her heart would be put at ease and the Holy Spirit would be able to speak Truth to her and that she would be able to see in a new way.

There are so many people….I could go on for a long time.  If you have read this whole thing, bless you!  Thank you for taking a few minutes to read about some of our friends and neighbors.  This relationship thing Jesus called us to can get messy, confusing, and just plain hard sometimes, but it is also a GREAT joy when you can push through with Him to see the beauty He brings with it.