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It’s what God asks us to do

April 16th, 2013 at 9:12 am

For over a year now, a group from First Baptist Waxahachie gathers every Friday at the Waxahachie Wal-Mart around 7:30 a.m., loading donated canned foods, fresh produce and other items into their pickups and a trailer and then they deliver those items to Waxahachie Care, the community food pantry. Jim Lawton is a part of that group.

“What can I tell you? I’m not really sure. There’s a group of men and women from our church and even a neighbor from a different church that meet up every Friday morning. All we do is go to Wal-Mart, load up a truck and deliver it to the food bank. We do it to serve the Lord.

I retired three years ago and I prayed to be used. I didn’t want to sit around watching TV. I know that I’m called to service so I have committed my retirement to service.

If you look for need, it’s out there. There’s so much to be done. When we work together with the food pantry we are fulfilling the needs of God’s people. It’s what God asks us to do.

[The food pantries] are organized and efficient and are an asset to the community and the church. It’s important for us to serve through the food pantry to be the best help to the people who need it the most.”

This donation is possible because of an agreement between Wal-Mart and the North Texas Food Bank that allows NTFB-affiliated food pantries such as Waxhachie Care to accept these donations. The donated food is free, but getting the sometimes thousands of pounds of food from Wal-Mart to the food pantry would be a serious problem if churches and others did not step up and volunteer to handle the transfer.

Arrangements like this are common across the state. Food pantries often need help with the transportation of donated food, and churches can check with their local food pantries to see what transportation needs they might have.

Food transportation is just one area food pantries need help with. Find out more areas of need through The Daily Bread, a Texas Baptist initiative to help congregations bring faith to life in their communities by joining with hunger-relief resources and programs of area food banks, at http://texasbaptists.org/daily-bread/.

Jim Lawton is a retired Dallas Police officer, deacon and Sunday School director at First Baptist Church Waxahachie. He’s living his retirement committed to service working in his church, with Waxahachie Care, and Texas Baptist Men.

You can find The Daily Bread and other hunger related mission opportunities on Be On Mission by choosing Hunger under Category. You may also toggle between OpenOngoing and Completed projects on the map by using the color pins above the search tool.

Be On Mission is an online global missions locator that allows users to Search, Submit, and Share about mission opportunities around the world. To learn more about Be On Mission, contact beonmission@texasbaptists.org.

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