Married to my spiritually and physically beautiful wife of 23 years and the proud father of 4 adult young men ages 36,35,29 and 20. I thank God daily for his love, grace, mercy and his call on my life to help eradicate hunger in this world and be an advocate for children.
God prepared me for his calling through my dark times as a child from ages 9-15. I did not know Jesus, but he always had his hands on me. Through the abuse (preparation) I suffered at the hands of my mother which included beatings with extension cords and unnecessary enemas. The worst of all was not having food for one or two days at a time which led me at times to eat out of trash cans. To get back at my mother, I attempted to commit suicide. What I realized almost 20 years later as I gave my life to the Lord, God was with me every second of every day and He was preparing me for His purpose for my life. So, the anger and hate I had for my mother turned into forgiveness and thankfulness.
My journey continues at the Soul Factory. Fifteen years ago I started to attend the Soul Factory pastored by Deron and Jill Cloud. I had been teaching children’s church at Mt. Sinai when I came there. I started where I left off, but I knew I should be doing more. Pastor Jill had just started a ministry called “Samaritans Choice” where every Friday we would feed the homeless. I joined that ministry and my spirit became uplifted beyond words. About 9 years later, Pastor Deron started a ministry called “Kids Eat Free” where we would partner with schools and give food to kids on Friday so they would have food for the weekend. These children qualified for free breakfast and lunch at their schools. So, that ministry was a blessing to my soul. I am uniquely qualified to know exactly what it feels like not to be able to tell people you’re hungry as a child or being hungry period.
No matter how dark or hopeless your situation might seem God is with you always. God has a great plan for all of our lives and no one can take that away but you. We are God’s children and we have his power in us. We have to walk in it and never let anyone take it from us.
God has given us our time, our talents and our treasure. He died on the cross for my sins. The least I can do is allow him to use me anytime, anyplace, and anyway he chooses. I am honored and privileged to serve God by serving his people. This is how “Feeding & Clothing the Needy” came about, combining both above ministries and serving the community. Please join me in helping to eradicating hunger in this world.