Sorry for not blogging yesterday. The Men's Ministry from Highland went to Princeton yesterday to work with a ministry called Heaven Sent Ministries and Food for Children. I met Lyle, the founder, about three years ago when I he called and asked me about his website. Here is a brief description about both ministries (from their websites):
Heaven Sent Ministries was created in September 1997. Responding to a need to help people experience short-term missions, the nonprofit organization began as a facilitating agency helping to obtain passports, visas, and other paperwork required for traveling to other countries. As the agency grew HSM began leading trips to places like Guatemala, Nicaragua, Africa and India.
Over the years the mission of HSM has developed to include pastor training, church construction, feeding programs and medical missions. People from all over the country have joined under the umbrella of Heaven Sent Ministries to travel abroad.
A domestic side of the ministry called OperationSHARE helps show the love of Christ by donating products and goods to local churches who in turn provide these free of charge to families in need in the local community, city, state, and across the U.S.
The goal of the ministry is simple. Look to see where God is working and join Him.
Food For Children is a ministry outreach of Heaven Sent Ministries. The primary purpose of Food For Children is to feed starving children around the world a nutritious balanced meal enabling them to overcome the ravages of malnutrition. The food not only targets the immune system but also stimulates the brain for learning. We buy bulk ingredients directly from the manufacturers and package the nutritional food at our headquarters in Princeton, WV. As we feed the children we are showing the love of God in a tangible way. This opens the door for us to share with them how to come to know Him personally.
Cyndi had our camera, so I didn't get to take any pictures (bummer!), but Lyle took a picture and gave us a certificate. I'll scan it tomorrow and post a copy online for all to see.
We had four guys go, and we had a great time. The trip down took about 5 hours 10 minutes. We stopped at a Tudor's Biscuit World for breakfast. Once we arrived, Lyle and Scott showed us around, and filled us in on what was going on with the ministry. It was exciting!
We ended up and packaged 2376 meals (a total of 396 bags). The cost to HSM was $596 for the raw materials (that is $0.25 per meal. Yes, 25 cents!).
Thanks everyone for going. Thanks Lyle, Scott, and the rest of the HSM/FFC staff for allowing us to come and help them out.