Friday, February 17, 2012

Gleanings for the Hungry

"I was hungry and you fed me. 
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink."
Matthew 25:35

Here we are at 
Gleanings for the Hungry
with some of our homeschool friends.

What is Gleanings for the Hungry?
Oooh, it's hard to answer that question in a quick clean way
because they are so much more than just
their mission statement.
Simply answered,
they are a YWAM ministry that takes
food that would normally be thrown out from
the California Central Valley farms
and transforms it into food that will feed the nations.
Watch this 10 minute video.

Here's our experience!

This bag when reconstituted with water will feed
100 people.

Measuring spices.

"No Tom. Don't eat it!"

Working together.

Meet Henrice.
Feeding us amazing food.

Tommy and Haden making repairs with Ash.

Burping bags.
Not as easy as it looks.
This is the process of removing all of the air
to prevent bacteria settling.

Everyone can work. 
Gracie filling bags. This is hard work.
She must carefully measure 1 gallon, then lift it and 
pour carefully into the funnel to fill bags.
This work takes back muscle and
Gracie shows us how it's done.

Of course it's lots of fun too!

Lori and I burping.---the bags.

TrueLove discovering that I had stuffed his pocket
with soup mix. I can't remember what he did to deserve it,
but he did.

The older helping the younger.

Calli working the assembly line.

Tommy suiting up.

Callahan Auto Parts plug.
(Gilly's favorite flick)

I love this picture.
The spirit of giving.
Working together to achieve something great.
Below, I see the joy of giving on my friend's face.

"Mmm. Soup is good food."
sorry, couldn't help it.

"I love you Jake!"

"No! We are not scrapbooking!"

That's what the soup plant looks like.

"Patty-cake, Patty-cake,
Baker's Man"

I said, "NO! We are NOT scrapbooking!"

Spare the "ROD", spoil the child.
"Rod" is our dear friend and if Gleanings is the soup of life,
Rod is the spice. He and Colleen are angels and part of the reason
we love Gleanings so much!

Gracie was our MVP, "most valuable packer."

A quick peak in the sewing room finds women
busy making diapers for an orphanage in Haiti.

Sometimes the younger teach the older.
Awesome job boys!

Oh dear.

The look of concentration.
The boys were put to work assembling wedding decorations
for Elianne & Eric's upcoming reception.

Oh dear.

Can't you just see the light in his eyes?

There's no job this duo can't do.

Hannah's Laundry Service.


"It's worse than it looks."

"I mean- really." 
She can do it folks.

Calli holding the ziplocks.

I love you Calli!

"Hey we're out of our bubble now!"

I just love this picture.
It's just two naturally beautiful women working together.

My new friend Jenny is living my dream.
I can't wait to fill you in on how God is using Jenny
to burst my bubble in the best possible way I can imagine.

One of my favorite Jake faces.

Could they be any cuter?

Tommy test driving the fork lift. 
He always wanted his first car to be a practical one.

I think he's going to put in an offer.

She's thinking, "Doesn't my mom know that I'm trying to get some work done here."

They're all thinking, "Doesn't she know we're trying to get work done here?"

It was a loud day in the plant. Calli needed earplugs.

not sure what caption to put on this one

The men working with Ash and supervising Tommy operating 
heavy machinery.

Calli and Hannah got to help set up tables for the Valentine's
Love Fest in which we got to celebrate with the
African Youth Choir.
How can Valentine's Day get better than that?

Oh yeah, this is what I'm talkin' about.

My favorite picture of Rod and I.

Um. Did I mention African Youth Choir?

Um, yeah. Pretty awesome.

I love this picture of them with the nations in the background.
I saw one of the girls looking at the wall and smiling ear-to-ear to see her home, Uganda, up there.

See the Canvas people?

Betty and Sandy.
This is what Gleaning's is about.
Generations and nations.