Last weekend Feed the Hungry enjoyed participating in World Pulsefest’s 24th annual event! It was great to see and hear the music of Toby Mac, Amy Grant, Kutless – and even some new artists for me; Fireflight, Sidewalk Prophets and Josh Wilson. The weather was perfect….not TOO hot, but sunny and clear the entire day. Thousands of people came out to support the event, and many of those also supported the ministry of Feed the Hungry.
This year we had a great t-shirt designed by our own Chuck Strantz which we sold out of by 1:00pm! Each shirt is priced at $10 – $4 goes to pay for the shirt, and the remaining $6 buys 100 meals for children supported by Feed the Hungry. It’s a great opportunity to get a new t-shirt and help the needy AT THE SAME TIME. It has become a popular tradition with WPF attenders, and many tell us that they make it a point to get a shirt every year. I love that!!
One thing that I noticed this year, which was very encouraging on a lot of levels, was the generosity of people in giving. In years past, we would have buckets available for cash donations to help fund our projects, but there wasn’t usually a big response. This year we didn’t even put out buckets, but all day long people were wanting to donate without receiving anything in return! We put out our coin cans for that purpose, and I was amazed at the fact that people were mostly putting in paper bills, not coins! In fact, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to put in a $20! Now, we all know that this area of the US was particularly hit hard by the economic crisis, and that these donations were not coming from excess, but were costly. More than that, it was often a young person who was contributing with such extravagant generosity! One lady bought a shirt for herself, and then paid for a shirt for whoever came after her in line. Random acts of kindness like this make me happy!
I was so happy to see the Body of Christ enjoy the day by giving in ways that could not be returned to them in the natural realm. This is the arena God loves to work in, and I hope to hear a lot of testimonies in the near future about blessings of abundance to those who live to give.