As our fifth month of offering a weekly dinner at SPC comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on the program and to think about the impact it has had on me.
First, a brief update… We have been blessed with the service of over 65 volunteers and have served over 300 meals to those who have walked through the doors of SPC. The number of guests served each night varies …the least we have had is eight and the most is 27.
I first thought it was all about the numbers and I would go home discouraged if we had fewer than ten people. But I’ve learned it’s not about the numbers, it’s about the stories.
Every week, we have heard from someone new about what brought them through our doors and how a welcome and a warm meal has been a blessing to them. It encourages us to continue this program because to that one person, this meal really matters. We have served a few who are truly hungry but most of our guests are really looking for fellowship. It is delightful to watch as connections are being made and friendships formed. And it’s not just the guests who are making connections. As our volunteers serve together, friendships are developing and deepening.
In all honesty, it’s been one of the few areas of my life where I have had to give up control and really trust God with the outcome. I have no control over who might volunteer, or who, if anyone, will come through the door for dinner each night. I have no control over the needs of each guest or what might be required of me in terms of listening and meeting individual needs. But God is faithful! Somehow, every week, a meal gets made and people come, each with their own God-created story. It has increased my faith and has been an exciting time to see God at work. I’m already looking forward in anticipation to the fall!