Something happened today that very much reminded me of a Bible story and felt straight out of the book. First I’m gonna post the short Bible story about Gideon and his Army of 32,00, which God cut all the way down to 300 solders so that Israel would know God’s power in victory.
1 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, 3 announce now to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’ ” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
4 But the LORD said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites to their tents but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
Okay so to the story. Something we regularly do at the Bowery is an outreach mission. We load up a giant truck with food and take a van full of volunteers to different parks and projects throughout New York. We usually do this with the help of about 15 volunteers and it is still often hectic because of the high volume of food we are giving away.
Today, things were not looking good. No volunteers had shown up and no guys from the house were willing/able to help us out. On top of that, Thursday is without a doubt the biggest day for outreach, we load up and deliver the most food. So instead of having 15 volunteers plus staff members, we had 4 people and one big truck loaded with food.
We served over 136 people in Brooklyn with groceries for the week. When we showed up, volunteers from the line of homeless/needy jumped out of line to help us unload and keep order. We took the perfect amount of food, and even found some candy bagged up to give to the children. It really was a magical feeling day because of that and I’m blown away looking back at it. P.S. It was raining all morning, but stopped as we pulled up to the park.