One of my all time favorite ministries in Belize is the grocery ministry and the breaking bread ministry.
For the grocery ministry, I love being able to go up and down the aisles in a store picking out all sorts of food items and other necessities for families in the communities we serve. It’s exciting to watch the teams as they are running around with carts in the stores and then going pack and having a blast as we divide up all the rice, flour and beans that we have bought and then dividing everything up into piles for each family. It is a beautiful blessing to have the means to give. It is also an amazing thing to see the generosity of those we connect with in the stores. There have been multiple occasions as I am checking out that a store manager or someone will come up and ask us what we are doing and after telling them they will throw in something for free or offer us a discount we weren’t expecting. Praise God for his provision!
During this ministry I have been reminded several times of the miracle that Jesus showed during the feeding of the five thousand. As we are packing and praying over the food, no matter how many times I have counted and recounted, for some reason there is always left over. There is always more. If we planned for 20 families we’ll have enough for 22. Or we will end up with enough for our cooks or to give to the pastor and his family. God gives us the opportunity to bless even more. I love these times where I get to see God move and to see Him work. I love watching how He works through the teams and how he shows them how mighty He is. I love the opportunities that come to pray with the families and to love on them and show them Christ’s love.
The breaking bread ministry is also one of my favorites mostly because of the fellowship and camaradie that comes out of those nights. It’s so much fun to spend all afternoon preparing and packing up food whether its fried rice or lasagnas and then heading out into the communities. For this ministry, the pastor will pick out families in his community and for that evening we will divide up and take food into their homes and share a meal with them. Being able to sit around with these families playing games, sharing a delicious meal and just enjoying each others company is a beautiful thing. Getting to share your life with someone in that way is an experience that everyone should have. I encourage you to gather a group of friends and perhaps begin a meal ministry like this in your own church or community. Make a habit of sharing a meal with others every once in awhile. You will be glad that you did.
God is so good. He is so mighty. He is so beautiful.