Brown Bag Outreach
“ If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do?
So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.”
As believers, we follow the example of Jesus. Jesus walked our sod with eyes wide open to the physical and spiritual needs around Him. He wasn’t swayed by the inconvenience of the needy or those who reached out to Him for an authentic touch. In fact, He let the interruptions of meeting needs be the very fruit of His ministry. Jesus truly saw people. He stooped down to the lowly to lift them up, to remind them of their value, and provide for them where they had lack. Jesus gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, forgave the sinner, and raised the dead.
But, Jesus also fed people.
He understood the importance of letting our faith be expressed in compassionate action. For once the belly is full and practical needs met, the spiritual needs can be tended to. There are those among us in our community who daily face insecure finances and need to be fed. How beautiful it is that we get to be a part of this mission. Our faith community has the opportunity to BE the church with no strings attached. We believe that as we follow the pattern of Jesus in feeding those among us, God will anoint our efforts.
What if this small offering could restore hope to one in a desperate situation?
What if a full stomach could allow another to think clearly and walk in wisdom?
What if fresh bread and a bag of groceries could lift a burden that felt crushing?
Westside’s Brown Bag Outreach is doing just that. We feed people, because Jesus fed people. Those serving in this way come each month fueled by compassion and relationships are fostered in unexpected encounters as people are fed. Walls that divide are torn down as people find a safe place to be cared for.
God has opened our eyes and we recognize that the needs are great. Our role is to provide what we can, believing that our willingness to serve will make a difference. As we reach out, our faith is never more alive and active.
We partner with Neighbor Impact to provide food to those in need in Central Oregon. For more information about our Brown Bag Outreach, follow the link HERE.
Written by: Jenna Anderson || Photos by: Alicia Welbourn