The Loudest Message

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If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Mother Teresa

Luke 9:23

New International Version (NIV)

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Mike D and Sam Talbot are the founding members of a lunch truck crew that’s been feeding Sandy-affected residents all winter.
The area may not be close to calling itself fully recovered, which is why efforts to feed and warm the locals, especially during this tail end of East Coast winter, remain crucial. And for the residents who could use a helping hand, a particularly welcome sight has been an oddball lunch truck crew, including a Beastie Boy and a Top Chef contestant, who’ve banded together to help feed them.

Restaurateur Robert McKinley recently teamed up with his friends Mike D, also known as Mike Diamond, of Beastie Boys fame, and Top Chef’s Sam Talbot to start the Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck. Over the winter, the men spent five days a week serving area residents free, nutritious hot meals, and have so far served over 20,000 of them.

Mike D recently explained to GOOD that the impetus to get involved began the first time he saw Rockaway Beach post-Sandy.

“We saw right away all these people living without any power, without any businesses being open, and therefore, no food,” he said. “We saw the immediate need for warm food, but we didn’t have time to put together a long-term cohesive plan, we just had to react quickly.”

But the inclination to heal the neighborhood through food is about more than a kind gesture. Now that the weather is beginning to warm, Diamond wants to slowly transition the truck into a neighborhood business that would hopefully play a part in continued efforts to revitalize the local economy.

WSJ reports that the Rockaway lunch crew specifically wants to target local kids, teaching them the ins and outs of running a restaurant business, including marketing it through social media channels, as well as giving them a whole foods education that could include a community garden and information about nutrition.

That is a message speaking load and clear of how God will use His people to be His healing hands in a troubled world. He stirs those up who have been given a heart transplant and are passionate about doing good to “ManKind.”

Dorthy Canfield Fisher has written a poignant story about a physically powerful, but dim-witted farmhand named Lem who lived in a Vermont valley. His mother resented him from the day he was born. She often ridiculed her son with harsh and demeaning words. Even so, the boy served her faithfully until she died.

Lem was the brunt of many village jokes. But then, he came upon a huge dog killing some farmer’s sheep one night. Using his bare hands as his only weapon, he strangled the dog to death. When morning came, the villagers discovered the dog was really a giant timber wolf. Lem quickly earned the villagers’ silent admiration.

Later, an unwed village girl falsely accussed Lem of being the father of her baby. Even though he was innocent, he married the girl so the baby would have a father. Unfortunately, the mother died within a year, so Lem raised the little girl by himself. After she was grown and married, her own baby became desperatly ill, and Lem sold all his sheep to pay the baby’s medical care.

Confronted with meanness, misunderstanding, and loneliness all his life, Lem had no recourse in professing the true nature of his own life except to live it out in serving others. And that he did!! The way you live your life is the loudest message you will ever speak.

God can do tremendous things through people who don’t care who gets the credit. Let what you do matter by caring for others.

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