On a warm Tuesday in July, thirteen Cornerstone Young Adults with a couple “more-experienced” members joined together in helping serve the homeless in downtown Long Beach. As soon as we arrived and found our way to the kitchen we went right to work. One group set to unwrapping breads and desserts, another group began opening packaged sandwiches, while still another went about cutting up strawberries.
When this prep work was completed we shuffled everyone around and one team set the dishes, cups, and silverware out on the tables. Another team filled those dishes and cups with bread, desserts and water, a third team dished up the main meal and a final team lined up to take the plates full of food to the tables. Everyone worked well together and we got a lot done in a small amount of time. The great attitudes made it even more fun!
About 100 hungry people came in with the first group and it was a blessing to have many of them express their gratitude. And what a blessing it was that God provided great food for them through the Ministry of the Long Beach Mission. As the patrons were wrapping up their meal a group of us collected the dishes while a couple went in back to wash them. And then, just when you think it is done, we did the serving one more time for around 50 more patrons.
As the second round of food wrapped up, Duane and Shawn went out to prepare and pray for the service soon to follow. We had song sheets printed that our young adults passed out as the people came in and our group mixed with some of those in attendance. One of the gentlemen in the audience asked to start our service with an old gospel song, so we sat back and enjoyed his singing and the heart that he was sharing. Then Shawn led the group in a couple of songs and Duane gave the message. Duane had a friend who had passed away last year named Roger Williams. Roger had passionately served at the mission many times because God had rescued him from a homeless and seemingly helpless situation. Sharing a passage from Ephesians and Roger’s story seemed to be well received and we pray it was an encouragement to those present to seek not just the food of this world, but also to ask God for the food and drink that truly satisfies.
We wrapped up the night with fellowship over our own meal, and thoroughly enjoyed our time together serving and caring for others.
"Everyone worked well together and we got a lot done in a small amount of time. The great attitudes made it even more fun!"
"We pray it was an encouragement to those present to seek not just the food of this world, but also to ask God for the food and drink that truly satisfies."