By Stacy Bice
The people of GCC-Elkhart are Rock Stars! I ran point for the Food Drop this year and was just overwhelmed by their outpouring of love. I chose to run point because I like the challenge of logistics and organizing events. (Secretly I want to be Melanie Rosander when I grow up! She is a Rock Star, too!)
One of the things I love most about the Food Drop each year is that all ages can get involved. It was sweet watching the little kids come down the line and get excited about filling their box. You could see the pure joy in the faces of those involved, from young to old.
That joy is fueled by one thing: It all comes down to helping people. This year, GCC-Elkhart took food boxes to Church Community Services (CCS). They were overwhelmed by our gift. Here is part of an email I received from Mary, director of the Food Pantry at CCS:
I am speechless………There are days when I unlock those doors in the morning, I see the faces that come in hungry and less fortunate, I know our food is low and the choices are few for them. It gets difficult to sleep at night. Yet, we believe in God’s abundance and just as in this case…he always provides. You and this entire concept are living proof of his grace! I can’t begin to thank you enough. All of us working together as his hands and feet is emotional. Why are we here? To serve him!
After we unloaded at CCS the volunteers were given a tour of the facility. It was a very eye-opening experience. Mary shared that they rarely have peanut butter and she was so happy we had that in our boxes. She also shared that each family is given 1 roll – yes, I said 1 roll – of toilet paper per month. I think my jaw dropped to the floor. I take the daily essentials for granted and just can’t imagine having to rely on others. I am thankful for my God who is the great provider; without him we have nothing.
This is my “take away” for the day:
Without God, I am nothing. I did run point, but it was not of my own doing. God put me in that position to show me what he can do through me. He didn’t show me how to run point, but showed me how to appreciate what I have and how to serve others. Recently my favorite worship song includes the lyrics “In his name we overcome, for the Lord our God is able.” Notice how it doesn’t have my name in the lyrics (or yours). I can do a lot of things, but if I am not doing them in his name, it is all for naught.
I started early Saturday morning with logistics running around in my head. But the day ended with my heart full of joy. I would be amiss if I didn’t thank all of the volunteers, too. There were about 40 leaders who stepped up and made the day a huge success. Some of them were at church as early as 5 a.m. to clear sidewalks, pick up donuts, hand out boxes and numerous other jobs. There were about 200 folks who showed up in full force to decorate and pack boxes. And, of course, I had a ton of help from Gene Troyer, Jack MacGruder and Jeanna Tarwaki. What a blessing to serve alongside such amazing people!