Monday, November 24, 2008

13-Year-Old Helping Feed Children in Need

Greetings, all.

When visiting a church this past Sunday, I was made aware of a ministry effort that is being spearheaded by certain young man named Corey Warner (and I'm serious about young - 13 years old!), aimed at helping to feed 3500 needy children in the Central Florida area a Thanksgiving dinner. This has impressed me so greatly that I just had to post about it, the best way that I believe I can help at this time. His website is at .

I don't know how many people are visiting my blog here, let alone how many might feel encouraged to support the effort - but even if you DON'T feel compelled to help with a donation, please, pass on the information to a friend, or anyone else you might know. Hopefully, he will get all of the support he needs to accomplish what he's trying to do. No matter what happens with regards to his current effort, I believe that people hearing about this will be inspired to make their own efforts of ministry and charity.

I don't like to make posts without having some message, but I'll try to keep it related - that of the 'storehouse'. You could also call the premise that of ministry, or of service.

Personally, I believe that the idea behind the 'storehouse' is essentially the same as of God's purpose for the tithe, and some other Biblical ordinances and examples - I would refer you to verses Deuteronomy 14:22-29; a few places in Deuteronomy 16 (circa vss. 11, 14; commanding to rejoice, in the feasts, with 'the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow'); Deuteronomy 24:17-22 and 26:10-13 (giving representation to and leaving a portion of what is grown 'for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow'); Malachi 3:10; Acts 6:1-4; and there are other references similar.

These are about providing for the needs and interests of the needy (strangers, fatherless e.g. orphans generally though I personally believe it has broader application, and widows, and also, in a sense, the Levites, as they received no inheritance) and of those who would be acting in the office to tend to those needs (again, the Levites e.g. ministers). While these needs include basic physical necessities (such as food and raiment e.g. clothing) I do not believe that these needs are limited to those, but also include the spiritual (the Gospel) and possibly as well even intellectual/educational or skillful (languages, trade-skills, etc.).

I do suspect that in many cases in Christian churches that this aspect has been marginalized; and, in doing so, the church collectively misses out on opportunities to give back to their communities and, through so doing, misses out on opportunities to show the light of God's will and mercy that would help attract people, even and perhaps especially nearby people, to Him and hence to the church. In some cases, this could be tied to a lack of the generosity or even the means of the congregation but more often I expect it is due to the churches not being sufficiently led by their leaders to consider this kind of local ministry important.

I know that these appear to be difficult financial times but do realize that this means that the needs for such ministry efforts are even greater now than they otherwise might be. Further, sometimes help can be in a form other than money. So, in closing, I'd like to suggest we all consider a few questions. 'Am I helping out my neighbors, people I don't know, the needy, or my community as much as I believe I should be? Is my church?' If you believe in either case that more needs to be done, then it's up to you to take the next step towards that goal. If there's anything more that you could be doing that you feel that you should be, don't lie to yourself and convince yourself that you can't. Remember the words of Corey Warner: 'I am only 13 years old and if I can help, than so can you!'