"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." - Matthew 21:22
Right now in the IDES Warehouse, there are roughly 388,000 servings of our nutritious GAP meals boxed up and ready to be shipped to our partners in Haiti.
The application for shipment has been submitted to the USAID Denton Program. The inspection with the Air Force Reserve is scheduled. Students and orphans all over the Haitian city and countryside eagerly await its arrival.
Before each GAP shipment leaves our warehouse, there are a few peculiar moments that occur when the thoughts that pop into one's mind are: "What if these meals never get there?" or "What if all of those loving volunteers wasted their time?"
"What if the shipment is intercepted by bad weather or evil men?" or "What if the children and families who are supposed to receive these meals never do since the country's government might impound the shipment?"
Questions. Doubts. Fears. All of them from the voice of the enemy.
If you have ever had the opportunity to volunteer at a GAP Food-Packing event, you know that the final thing we do together before loading the finished boxes onto the truck is pray.
First, we pray for the children and families who are going to receive the meals, that they may be blessed and nourished. Then, we pray for the missionaries and partners who are going to distribute the meals, that they may use the meals as a tool to build relationships with their people and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lastly, we pray for the logistics of the shipment, that evil may be thwarted and that fair weather may be blessed.
What do these prayers mean? They mean victory. Jesus says in Matthew 21:22 that, "whatever you as in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."
Based upon other verses in Scripture, we know clearly that God's heart is for the poor and the destitute, including those who are hungry (Isaiah 58, many Psalms, Matthew 25:35-40). We take this promise from Jesus seriously when we pray that these meals, faithfully packed by our volunteers and paid-for by our donors, will reach their intended destination and make an eternal difference.
Through Jesus Christ, we know that our prayers are heard by our gracious Heavenly Father. We know that He is full of love and mercy, and seeks justice for all the oppressed.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we first want to thank the generosity and servant hearts of our volunteers for even making the GAP Program, and all of our other programs, possible (Check out the new appreciation video: "Why We Love Our Volunteers"). Second, we ask that you would join our volunteers and join the IDES staff and board in praying for this shipment to Haiti.
Let's take hold of Jesus' promise to us, and pray with all of our might. These prayers mean victory.