The Kitchen is coming

Mar 27, 2012  |     |   General

The kitchen is coming… the kitchen is coming – Praise the Lord, the kitchen is coming!!!

Ever feel the pressure of having food on the table? I know I have. I wake up, get the kids ready and somewhere, in the midst of the morning madness, give the kids a nutritious breakfast. Not to mention, I pack their lunches and send them on their way. From there we all rush out the door. Then after we’re all back together like a happy family, I need to find a way to get a wholesome di

Day after day, hour by hour, and minute by minute it seems all the more difficult to get a seem-ably easy task accomplished.
We’ll that’s just me with a family of three. Imagine having to have over 1,700 hot, nutritious meals prepared and served daily. Oh yeah, then somehow imagine getting that many meals served with NO KITCHEN. That’s right, with no on-site space to get it accomplished…nner served.
All to clean it up, get the kids in bed, and do it all over again in the morning.

That’s the challenge Chef Claude and his crew faced this past year with the demolition of the Garland Thompson Men’s Center. Day after day, his staff has had to load up ingredients and supplies off-site so that meals can be prepared and transported back to Open Door Mission’s campus where it is served. Because hunger doesn’t discriminate these meals are served to hundreds of men, women, and children alike. They prepared enough meals to feed those we serve, and more, as well as cleaned up after themselves to do it all over again the next day.

Well by God’s grace, they tackled the challenge! Incredibly enough, not a single meal was missed and not a single person went hungry. There’s no doubt in my mind that God will continue to anoint Chef Claude and his crew to feed the multitudes. I’m grateful to see God’s hand at work on Open Door Mission’s campus as He multiplies the fishes and loaves to feed his beloved children. Children that as in Matthew 20, the world would turn away but Christ Himself would say, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat…bring them here to Me” (Matthew 14:15-21).gry during the transition. In fact, last year alone our kitchen staff served over HALF A MILLION MEALS to hungry and homeless men, women and children. Now I’m pleased to say that the newly constructed Community Kitchen will open in spring 2012.

With each meal, Claude’s staff will add a good sized helping of hope and new life to every dish. And the best part is our clients can come back for seconds and thirds! No, having the kitchen open isn’t the end. It is just the beginning to all God that has in store for these precious men, women, and children. If you want a front row seat to the action, I urge you to visit to sign-up for a Fishes and Loaves team to help serve these meals yourselves…because they need us, and we need you. In just two hours, you can make a difference right here, right now- in our community.

Hope to see you soon!
Victoria Gaskin, Executive Assistant

“15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Matthew 14:15-21