I remember sitting in the pastor's study at Grace Temple. A former member left the church a very large sum of money and I was looking over the documents when the bell rang. Sitting across from me, was a man who claimed to need $20 for a prescription.
I remember thinking, "How in the world could this church, who had just been given money, turn away this man who has this need?"
We gave him the funds he requested for the prescription. Sometime later, he came back to my office, and openly admitted to me that he had not used the funds appropriately, but at that moment he needed something to eat.
I walked with him over to a 7-Eleven and bought him two hot dogs, a bag of chips and a coke. For several years, even after moving away, he would call me just to say, "Thank you," because we had helped him that day.
Through this, I learned two lessons.
If you would like to talk about how to handle this in your local church, I am available to you by emailing me at ryan.jespersen [at] texasbaptists.org or by calling (214) 828-5278. If you would like to learn more about how Texas Baptists respond to hunger statewide then please contact my friend Ferrell Foster with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission by emailing him at ferrell.foster [at] texasbaptists.org or by calling (512) 473-2288.