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You open Your hand and provide for the desires of every living thing.

Psalm 145:16

Faith

November 16, 2016

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough.You can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Jesus

Have you ever held a tiny mustard seed in your hand?

I love that Jesus used something small to claim how powerful things can happen when we have a tiny faith in the One who can move mountains. A mustard seed is a living thing and my faith must be alive to produce God sized miracles.

I also love how Jesus uses small objects that we might not even notice to teach us powerful lessons. He used small children to teach us when He said, “Let the little children come to me, don’t stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” They don’t just get to be a part of the kingdom of heaven, it belongs to them! I picture Him with His arms wide open, laughing and smiling, welcoming all children as they come to him. And that image of Him causes me to laugh and smile too.

Hand2Hand began as a tiny mustard seed of faith to feed and pray for children who the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to and God is moving mountains! Today, over 70 amazing coordinators and thousands of people are passionate about feeding children in His name. Kids from 3 to 18 years old are being welcomed and loved in Jesus’ name and I believe Jesus is smiling and laughing as He watches from above.

God continues to breathe and move through our Hand2Hand army of volunteers and churches and children are experiencing Him through our faithful bags of food each weekend. We ask Him to draw them to know of His great love for them. We trust and believe in His power to use Hand2Hand to give our students hope and to help them learn in school so they can excel and reach their God given potential.

Jodi recently told me about a mom and her child who volunteered for the first time to pack for Hand2Hand and she shared with Jodi that they receive Hand2Hand. They were excited to pack and were looking for extra ways to help and the child even offered to sweep when they were finished. They joined as all of the Hand2Hand volunteers prayed for the children. At the end of the evening the mom came up with tears in her eyes and said to Jodi, “I always knew these bags were special but I didn’t realize how special they were until tonight! Thank you!”

Yes, God is moving mountains in the lives of children, families, and entire communities. And we can’t help but smile and say wow!


Founder and Executive Director

Hope for Kids Dinner Blesses Hand2Hand

November 10, 2016

Our Hope for Kids dinner was an amazing celebration of all God has done through Hand2Hand. Almost 300 people attended our first Hand2Hand dinner and over $35,000 has been raised to date to feed more kids. Currently we are feeding over 4,000 children in 97 schools with 70 church partners. Nine more churches will be trained in December to begin Hand2Hand at a new school in January. God continues to raise up His followers to feed and pray for kids and this grassroots movement continues!! Thank you for all who attended and for all who have supported Hand2Hand! We can't wait to see new churches be the light and love of Jesus to children in their own neighborhood.


Photo: Hand2Hand Staff (left to right) Jim Meyer, Rhonda Stanton, Jodi Joseph, Cheri Honderd

Boy Scout Troop Packs for Hand2Hand

November 09, 2016

A Boy Scout Troop did their own donation drive and blessed the Rockford Hand2Hand program by packing hundreds of breakfast and snack packs.

Hand2Hand's Regional Director, Jenny Steele, who led the packing said, "[I] had some great discussions about who receives the food and what they should do if they see someone pulling a bag out of their locker, since they are all literally packing for classmates. We prayed over the bags and they were on their way. So thankful for these little bundles of energy!"


Photo: Boy Scout Troop

Source: Jenny Steele

Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

October 26, 2016

Hand2Hand is being highlighted on the School News Network! This article focuses on our recent addition of Hand2Hand in the Rockford School District. Thank you Jenny Steele for saying yes to feeding kids. Thank you to all of our coordinators and volunteers who have said yes to feeding kids over the years!

Check out the article at http://www.schoolnewsnetwork.org/index.php/2016-17...

Photo: Jenny Steele with Parkside Elementary student. Source: School News Network

Community Packing Days

October 05, 2016

Thank you to Grainger Industrial Supply for packing 2,250 snack packs at Fair Haven Church!