The goal was to raise $51, 464 to purchase enough food so that 270,864 meals could be scooped into 45,144 bags that would be shipped to countries where children are starving to death.
Since Jodie Storhaug, Grand Forks, and a core group of others began working on bringing a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Mobile Pack Event to our town last August, her eyes have been opened even wider to perceive the goodness of God.
â€œClearly,â€ Jodie said, â€œGod has bigger plans than our minds could wrap themselves around.â€
When the word got out, 15 churches, 15 businesses, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, schools and other organizations jumped on board and as of Friday evening (March 18), the amount raised is $52,523.
â€œThatâ€™s basically $1,000 over our goal,â€ Jodie said. â€œWe also know of another church thatâ€™s at about $3,500 that hasnâ€™t been transferred over yet. I have been energized all the way through. It has gone so smoothly. It feels like God wants this to happen.â€
What God wants â€œto happen,â€ will take place AprilÂ 1-3, 2011Â (two weeks from now) in the Grand Forks Public Works Building at 724 N. 47th St. Thatâ€™s where hundreds of volunteers, who have signed up, will gather to work 2-hour shifts filling bags with rice, soy nuggets, dried vegetables and powdered chicken fortified with vitamins and minerals.
When itâ€™s all said and done, the bags will be loaded in a semi and FMSC, a non-profit Christian organization, will send it to countries devastated by natural disaster or economic despair. FMSC has 70 countries with such needs on its roster.
And still, local fund-raising continues. People of Sharon Lutheran Church will serve pancakes and sausage from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday (March 19), at Applebees, 2851 S. Columbia Road, with proceeds going to FMSC.
Jodie said she and core organizers will meet next week to determine where the over-and-above goal monies will go. Possibilities include having another mobile pack event in Grand Forks in the future or helping a small struggling church in Laredo, Texas, that so wants to host an event. “Maybe God would want us to use it in Laredo,â€ Jodie said. â€œThatâ€™s where my heart is.â€
When people heard about this mobile packing event, they were so eager to work that the shifts filled up in 2 Â½ weeks. Things do come up and sometimes peopleâ€™s plans change, so Jodie encourages us to keep checking the website and if a slot opens up, fill in your name. Go to: http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/mobilepack/event.aspx?event=1104-22.
And if you are privileged enough to work the weekend of April 1-3, please bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of our local food cupboards. The UND Mortar Board will collect the food.
Jodie and her group have been tireless in their FMSC efforts. â€œIâ€™ve spent a lot of time e-mailing and talking to people but itâ€™s not been overwhelming,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s been a privilege to do it. I do believe that God has bigger things in mind for us than meeting our goal to fill a semi load full of food. I am excited to see exactly where He takes us with this journey.â€