We have just four days remaining in the month, and we are still about $20,000 short of our need. Can you help this weekend by sponsoring 10, 20, 40 or even 100 meals? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift, and see below. -- Gary
Today, we'll finish up another amazing week, providing over a QUARTER MILLION meals to hurting families and elderly shut-ins. I stand in disbelief when I type "quarter million." In this season of unprecedented trial for our nation, the Lord is doing remarkable things through the generosity of friends like you.
I know many, many friends of this ministry are giving out of their own need -- reaching out to help others during uncertain times or even while facing financial hardship themselves.
Every time we deploy, we see this happen again and again. A single mom, for example, who has been receiving meals from Mercy Chefs for days during a crisis will approach one of our staff and make a donation to help others.
Such an act of generosity happened again this week, in a different way.
+ + Neighbors helping neighbors
Right next to our headquarters in Virginia sits a hair salon that had been shut down for months during the height of the coronavirus crisis. A few weeks ago when they were finally able to re-open, I wanted to make sure they had all the necessary parking available for their customers. That's because our staff and the many volunteers who come to our offices every day to help prepare thousands of meals for hurting families actually take up quite a few parking spaces! So we printed up some "Salon Parking Only" signs for several spots in proximity to their salon. It just seemed like the decent, "neighborly" thing to do.
Earlier this week, the owner of the salon and her employees stopped by our offices to thank our team for helping with their re-opening. We were able to give them a tour and show them our kitchens and our processes for preparing thousands of meals every day. They were quite impressed that right next door to their salon, thousands of people are being helped every day.
The owner handed me a thank you card enclosed with a precious financial gift to help us provide more meals.
Despite the fact that their business had shut down for a significant amount of time (which I'm sure created enormous financial pressures), they stepped out in faith to bless others.
+ + America's path to healing
This is how America will both heal and recover from all the crises of this year! This is our BEST HOPE -- good folks stepping out in faith to help their neighbors in every and any way possible.
As I've been sharing, our work is increasing with no end in sight, but our financial support has been down the past few weeks. We are still about $20.000 short this month, just to keep up with the exploding need.
Will you prayerfully consider how you can help this weekend? Go here to make your tax-deductible gift to help Mercy Chefs provide meals to hungry kids, hurting families and elderly shut ins during this difficult time while we continue other efforts:
+ + The "widow's mite"
Every gift will make a difference -- no matter how large or small. That's the principle of the "widow's mite." If all you can give today is $20 or $30, then I encourage you to step out and help others. Perhaps the Lord has blessed you and you can contribute $100, $500, $1,000 or more -- then I encourage you to make that step of faith. No matter the amount, let your response be from your heart, and trust the Lord to multiply your gift.
Finally, thank you so much for your faithful prayers and support. Every day we see how this incredible exchange of giving is reaching people during a time of often desperate need. I'm so grateful for all you do!
Gary LeBlanc, Mercy Chefs
(If you prefer to send your gift by check, go here for mailing instructions.)