God called me into the food pantry ministry in 2003, but I did not answer the call until the end of 2004. January 2005 marked the commencement of a journey with the Lord that continues to amaze me to this day. God’s faithfulness in providing food, resources and volunteers that are needed to help make this ministry happen humbles me to the point of being speechless at times. In the past six years we have seen our numbers of food recipients increase ten times what we began serving. A group of four volunteers to serve, bag and purchase food has now grown to well over thirty-five volunteers who rotate responsibilities, not counting the number of people, within two church bodies, who regularly give food each month.
All I had within me was a willing heart to be used by God so that His glory would shine through me and the ministry that He would fashion and design. Faithfully others have come along side, taking steps of faith to be used by Him so this ministry can continue to grow and bless hundreds of people each year.
2 Corinthians 4: 7 tells us “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Yielded hearts and spirits allowing God to constantly be in the forefront of a ministry allows each of us to treasure His all-surpassing power everywhere we turn.
Marty Girardier is the author of the book entitled "How Shall We Feed Them?" A Practical Guide for Organizing a Food Pantry. As a weekly contributing devotional writer for Our Circle of Friends website, she also writes her own blog entitled "Pantry of Praise" http://www.pantryofpraise.com/, written to inspire and encourage those who serve in the food pantry ministry. Marty serves as the food pantry liaison between two churches and resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband John.