- Photo of the day: http://t.co/VaHc0GB47k #Haiti @NWHCM 56 minutes ago
- RT @TJSeelhammer: 89 boxes, 19,224 meals packed, feeding 53 kids for a year @fmsc_org #CRSS 5th and 6th grade THANK YOU KIDS! 1 hour ago
- RT @TJSeelhammer: At @fmsc_org with Cannon River STEM School middle school, ready to get packing! Stay tuned for results :-) 2 hours ago
- It's no surprise that eating is important, but have you seen it transform someone? This is dramatic: http://t.co/xXun4B6Slr 17 hours ago
- RT @blakedawg7: We are so happy we packed 255,672 meals today! 😜👍 @brittanyoaks breezyanne7 @fmsc_org journeymb… http://t.co/OuEWJlnbTA 1 day ago
FMSC on Flickr
Just Married and Generous
We love getting mail. Here’s a recent note:
Dear Feed My Starving Children,
I am writing to share with you a decision our daughter and her new husband (as of July 28!) made while planning their wedding.
Jillian and Christopher were married two months ago on July 28th at an outdoor wedding celebration held at a local farm near our home. While planning the wedding with us, the couple was deeply impacted by a sermon series on generosity taught by our pastor Dr. James L. Nicodem at Christ Community Church (St. Charles, IL). They were also participating in a financial stewardship small group, and the theme of generosity and giving out of one’s first fruits was being reinforced to them.
Thus, they approached my husband and I a couple months into the wedding planning and asked what we thought about doing something different during the reception. They wanted to begin their married life with an act of intentional generosity–to establish right from the start the discipline of saying no to themselves so that they could give more generously to others. The idea was to take the amount they would have spent on a wedding cake and donate it to FMSC instead, forgoing the traditional wedding cake at the reception. Both of them have packed meals for FMSC in Aurora through our church.
Jillian and Chris shared this decision with their guests after dinner had been served, at the time when the couple might traditionally cut the cake. We could see this touched many of our guests (and the farm staff as well)–especially when everyone understood how many meals would be packed for hungry children–and all the guests seemed quite willing to skip dessert and move right into a fun time of dancing and celebrating.
We share with the hope that this story of God moving in the hearts of this young couple will encourage you! Many of the guests at the wedding had packed meals at FMSC before, including some young high school students who were mentored by Jillian and Chris over the previous year in student ministries.
Our prayer is that God will multiply this gift many times over–just like He did with the loaves and fishes! We all look forward to packing many more meals with FMSC in the years ahead.
God bless you!
Congrats and thanks to the generous newlyweds!
Join the conversation: How do you #livegenerously?
Photography credit: Matthew Smith of “The Incredible Voyage”