You’ve heard of the TV Show “Hell’s Kitchen”? We’re going to talk about “Heaven’s Kitchen” where rescue mission chefs are cooking for the Kingdom, as they fill bellies so the chaplains can fill souls! There are many great chefs in this country who have the privilege of working in state-of-the-art kitchens, top of the line utensils, fancy menus and pricey ingredients. Working in the mission kitchens throughout our trip, we have been impressed with the creativity of the cooks. Although some have better kitchen facilities than others, they have one thing in common: Menus are created by looking in their pantry filled with mostly donated foods, and coming up with ideas that are both healthy and tasty. Some educated, some trained, and some self-taught, but all cooking with love and the purpose to serve.
Fun mission meal facts:
At one mission, the main course was a chicken pasta topped with spinach/artichoke and portabello mushrooms with mozzarella cheese on top. A huge donation of spinach artichoke dip came in, thus another tasty meal! We came to find out that the cook, a graduate from the mission program himself, had his B.A. in Business Administration and Culinary Arts.
Another meal included green beans from the mission’s garden and home-made mashed potatoes. The cook told us we had to come back for “Enchilada Night” – that was his specialty!!
The taco bar at one mission was a favorite and made us feel right at home. However, Tim (being in charge of the meat) served such big portions, that the burritos were bursting! We are working on the portion thing!
One mission grills burgers every Friday night, another is blessed with home baked desserts by volunteer workers, and yet another has a 50’s Diner feel – with red and white décor. This is not to say that we are eating gourmet meals every night. We have had our share of “mystery meat” as some of the clients referred to it, but we have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at these missions.
So, our hats off to the mission cooks… who are sweating away in kitchens, many times quite small and hot. Thank you for using your gift to feed the multitudes.
Many people feel that if they are not preaching or do not have musical gifts, they cannot be used in ministry. But this has been just another example….so whatever God has gifted you with, use it to aid the Kingdom!
STORIES THAT INSPIRE
An enthusiastic staff member at one mission especially impressed us with his zeal for ministry and compassion for people. In listening to his story, we were to find out why….. He was working at a mission when his own father, struggling with substance abuse, walked in. He stayed for a while, and then when he made a little money, was ready to leave. His son warned him not to leave, that he wasn’t ready, but to no avail. Sadly, his father was later found dead in a hotel room. This story has a heartbreaking, tragic ending, but Instead of becoming bitter, his son has used this situation to make his life count. He looks at every man who comes into the mission as if he were his own father. And he works tirelessly with the urgency of bringing recovery and the hope of Jesus to a world dying around him. Do we look at our world with that same urgency and compassion?
“I’m single, I’m beautiful and I’m available” – a sign on a single-wide mobile home in Texas
“No drugs or nuclear weapons inside” a sign on a clothing store on Canal Street in New Orleans
“Did you know the front door and side door to your van are open?” spoken by a security guard outside of one of the missions. Thank God for His watching protection over us and our van – as we sometimes get in a hurry. And thank God for the watching protection of the security guard who then said, “Ain’t nothing getting past me anyway.”
“I don’t think Tim’s helping John very much” holding the space shuttle
Thanks for taking this journey with us…
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As we SERVE ACROSS AMERICA!