'Volunteering with FMSC Made Me Feel Like a Person'

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'Volunteering with FMSC Made Me Feel Like a Person'

'Volunteering with FMSC Made Me Feel Like a Person'

“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” --John 1:16-17

For the third year in a row, the women of the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee donned hairnets and gloves to pack 25,000 meals for malnourished children.

The MobilePack™ consists of two shifts during one day and embodies FMSC’s mission by feeding those hungry in spirit and body.

Prisoners and prison staff are spiritually and emotionally nourished while providing nourishment and hope to starving children.

Many women volunteers have never had opportunity to give back to the community.

“Volunteering with FMSC made me feel like a person, not an offender,” one volunteer said.

The women finance part the event by donating their wages, that may be as low as $.25 an hour. They gave close to $800.

The rest of the MobilePack is funded by a donor. The event is hoping to add a third shift after a MobilePack in Salina, Kansas donated $3,000.

Fundraising was a big concern for the hosts of the Salina, Kansas MobilePack, but they stepped out in faith and told everyone they knew about the opportunity to feed starving children. In the end, the hosts raised a surplus of more than $9,000.

Usually when an event raises extra money, they forward it to their next event to have a head-start on paying for their next event. Salina wanted to share their good fortune with others by splitting their extra funds among four other events.

“For me it was especially meaningful to be a part of because it really felt like it fed the spirits of the women packing while also feeding the spirits of the MobilePack team staffing the event,” one of our MobilePack staff said.

“It broke down barriers and made me appreciate the women there in a way I never had before. Also, that they gave so generously from their poverty, like the widow’s mite*, was impressive to me and several others.”

The Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44 New International Version)

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
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