Just two gallons of milk; exactly what we were praying for!

One of the many different names of God found in the Old Testament is “Jehovah-Jireh”. The name means “The Lord Will Provide” and, if I’m not mistaken, is first found in Genesis 22:14. This is the passage where Abraham goes up on Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham gives the above name to the place when God provided for him the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac.

Over and over again in the Scriptures we can see where the Lord provides…for the Israelites, for the saints, and for the poor and the needy. On a daily basis across our ministry, we get to see how the Lord provides. From monetary donations to in-kind donations (i.e. clothing, food, household items, hygiene products) to people giving of their time to volunteer in some capacity. God uses readers like you to provide the needs we have and enable us to continue to touch the lives of those who reach out to us.

15289138_10153981715891316_5937026348213381833_oAs mentioned above, one of the ways many are touched by the work we do is through our food ministry. What a blessing it is to see the thousands who are touched by this outreach. One meal
goes a long way.

Well, on the subject of God providing, I recently experienced the Lord provide a simple need of ours – milk. Yes, a product that many of us don’t think twice about. Well, when it comes to serving cereal at our facility, we could easily go through several gallons. It was a Friday, and the plans were to serve oatmeal and cereal at our breakfast the next morning.

When we went to our cooler to see what we had on hand by way of milk, it was noticed that we were down to 1 gallon. OK. Down to one gallon. Milk is roughly $2 a gallon, so spending $4 – $6 wasn’t a bank breaker, if you know what I mean. We already had “milk” listed on our marquee as a need, so I told our food services staff that we should pray that some comes in. At the same time, I was planning on going to the store right after lunch to get some milk should none have come in.

As I was getting things together to go run some errands, including a stop to get some milk, the food services staff informed me that 2 gallons of milk had just been donated. WOW!!!! Talk about a quick answer to prayer. Our need for the planned breakfast was met. And how awesome it is to think that the individual that dropped off the milk was used by God to meet our need.

This happens over and over. And maybe, just maybe, the next time could involve you.

Chris Ellison
Director, Lighthouse Rescue Mission