Life at On Rock is definitely busy these days. The food bank is now serving 165 households a week and giving out 5-10 emergency boxes. Some of the situations that come our way are just heart breaking. The son of an 84 year old man recently called us in tears. His Father is living on his own and does not have the resources left to take care of his living expenses and buy food. The son is not in a place where he can help. Imagine at the end of your life, instead of comfortably living out your life, you are starving, in the West Island!! Imagine being the son and not being able to help your Dad. We can not help but jump on this and make it right.
The Community Diner is doing well. We have introduced theme nights, so that it is not just a place to come and get fed and leave. We did St. Patty's Day, with Gillian cooking an authentic Irish Stew. We played Irish music all night. Two weeks later we did Greek Night, with Jim doing an amazing job of cooking up some Greek fare for us, and supplied the appropriate music. The people really enjoyed it and are now providing suggestions for other theme nights. I think the next will be Chinese Night.
Although this is a tough time of year for food resources, we are thankful that we are still able to depend on our Christmas collections to fill out our boxes every week. Thank God that He provides.
As we plan ahead, we have two fund raisers coming up. June 2nd is our annual wine tasting. This year we will be experiencing the wines and food of Australia. We have had several requests for the Australian experience, and it should be a lot of fun.
We also are planning a motorcycle ride called Riders Against Hunger for September 15th. This is a first, but we are hoping for a good turn out.
There is a lot going on these days and we need much wisdom in our direction and decision making. For those of you who pray, please do so for us. We need it.