Janice is a wonderful woman. Janice feeds homeless people in Seattle on a weekly basis. Jancie has no money. And we decided to help Janice. Can I share her story? Better yet, why don't we let Janice....
Seattle Generations - Community Dinner Outreach
Janice talked to grocery store owners in the town after seeing various stores throw out bags and bags of usable produce and meat. Janice now goes around to the stores on Sunday afternoons and picks up food for that week. Janice and her team, of three people, prep the food in the kitchen of a local church. They throw out the bad, save the good, and prepare a menu for a weekly meal served on Monday. This particular week, Janice and one of our Generation team members stayed out until 1:30 am cooking chickens as prep work for the meal served on Monday. Based on what was gathered, we prepped and served a meal of:
Chicken and rice cassarole
Chicken Pasta Soup
Vegetarian Bean Soup
Beef and Veggie Soup
Fruit Cups with Custard
and Chocolate Pudding.
All of this was done with no money. Watch the video above if you haven't already. Hear Janice's heart for the homeless. I do believe that's God's heart for the homeless.
And oh yes, I didn't tell you the rest of the story! The church is opened up weekly for any and all to come and receive a free meal. Senior citizens came, the pastor came, and lots of homeless people came. One group of 4 people came as the kitchen was closing. They walked from another town because they heard food was being served - it was their first meal in two days. Our Generations team member remarked:
I made up 4 big plates of food, got out a few desserts, poured some coffee while
the guy ran back out to tell his friends that there was some dinner left for
them. They came in, cold, wet and hungry. None of them had had anything to eat
in over 2 days. One of the girls told me (after they finished eating) that she
was so glad to have dinner, because she had been getting really hungry, and was
trying very hard not to steal food.
I sat down and they told how grateful they were to area churches, since they helped them so they wouldn’t have to steal. I am not sure how they came to be living on the streets, what their circumstances were, or anything like that. I just know that the church had shown them love, and the heart of Jesus.
This was such an incredible time. Janice made sure that each person who wanted to take food with them took as much as they could. Several people even came with their own containers. After everyone had eaten, Janice packed up the remaining food with her team members, and distributed them to several large communities of the homeless in Seattle.
Surely, this is God's heartbeat....
37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'