Sunday, November 7

This is how my God works

For the last few months I have been writing Conway's Community Page for the outstanding (and award winning!) Little Rock Family magazine. I have tried to convince the editor that I have no idea what I'm doing, but she won't listen.

In November's issue, I wrote about the Soul Food Cafe Mission, which is a mission unique to Conway. The folks who run the mission, Rick and Traci Harvey, go to my church. I approached them several months ago with the hopes they'd let me highlight Soul Food Cafe, and to my great joy, they obliged.
Every Tuesday, volunteers and guests gather behind Four Winds Church at 2005 Dave Ward Drive to participate in the mission. Soul Food Cafe provides a meal to eat, a bag full of food to take home, and a message of God's love and forgiveness. Guests can also find small household items and clothes- all of it is free. Local churches and companies and people donate money and food to the mission. Eventually, Soul Food Cafe will have its own facilities, but for now, they are housed in the gym at Four Winds.

food bags waiting to be picked up
This morning I asked Traci Harvey if she had seen a copy of the magazine with the Soul Food article in it. She said that she had, and that she loved it. Then she made me cry.
Apparently there is a new priest at a Catholic church in Conway.
Apparently he read the article while having breakfast at a local coffee house.
Apparently he called Rick and Traci and said his church would like to donate $1,000 to buy hens and turkeys for Thanksgiving. Traci asked if he wanted to buy the meal for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and he replied that no, he wanted to buy birds to put in the food boxes for families to take home to feed their families.
Apparently Wal-Mart is adding 10% of the money, and Soul Food Cafe will be able to spend $1,100 to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for families who might not otherwise be able to buy the main dish themselves.
Apparently, my God is a mighty God.

boxes of food at the mission
Traci thanked me for writing the article as tears leaked out of both of our eyes. I said the article had nothing to do with me, that it was all on our merciful and faithful Lord.

We are called to be faithful, not to fret about provision. To paraphrase Matthew: Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ .... For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things." (6:31-32 NKJV)

If you want to help, or want more information about Soul Food Cafe, call 501-514-5325.


  1. I love this story. Thank you for using what God has given you to bless others...

  2. I LOVE seeing/hearing stories that showcase the workings of our Lord! Amen & Amen!

  3. Uh oh! That is Tatum's account but it was me CHRISTI ! ! ! !
    ANd not sure where Tapeworm came from! : )

  4. Uh oh! That is Tatum's account but it was me CHRISTI ! ! ! !
    ANd not sure where Tapeworm came from! : )


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