This story from a breakout session this morning reminded me what God can do if we allow Him to move in our lives. What a powerful testimony.
Don and Diana Lane found themselves new to Amarillo, with few possessions after Don’s liver transplant left them with few resources. Still, the family felt the call to reach out in ministry, and placed their trust in God to show them how this could possibly happen, given their situation.
The family rented an old warehouse in an extremely depressed section of Amarillo, and built a home on the second floor with any scrap materials they could find. Eventually, they covered windows, so the pigeons no longer laid eggs on Diana’s mattress, and found they had a safe living space. Seeing the neighborhood kids interested in a family working on rooms in an old building, Don took his last $16 dollars and bought candy for the kids. They devoured the candy and asked for more. Don realized there was real hunger in this community; both physical and spiritual.
The next week, Don and Diana cooked hot dogs for 60 kids and saw children hiding food to take home for later. Hunger was clearly the issue here. Immediately after, the couple started the City Kid Café, one of the most innovative outreach programs of it’s kind. Not knowing where the food would come from, God sent resources in most unlikely ways. The very first day a Bluebell Ice Cream truck drove up to the door and told Don his refrigeration unit was broken and he wanted to donate his inventory to the café. Food appeared in this manner frequently until hunger assistance groups, like Feed the Kids, came on line with help.
The ministry grew until the Lane’s could no longer feed all the children in their building; so they began delivering food to over 1,400 kids every week. They put together volunteer groups of 75 youth and young adults who made the deliveries. The volunteers came from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana for weeks at a time to serve; and the ministry is now booked with volunteers for years. (more…)