This is a great testimony of how God longs to give us the desires of our heart.
About a year ago, our friend Dennis said his heart longed to cook a nice, carved roast dinner for the homeless one day, but he had no idea how that could come to pass.
We serve on the prayer team at Food for Children every Saturday and wouldn’t you know, a local company (Aspect Software) wonderfully blessed FFC with a donation for 500 sirloin roasts to give out on Christmas eve/day. It turned out they had some roasts left over so I mentioned it to Pete and Jeff who run FFC and they graciously gave Dennis a case (TEN) roasts to cook for the homeless! And if that wasn’t enough, they also provided all the potatoes, lemonade and eggnog to be served. Thank you FFC for all you do in Manchester and beyond!!
And talk about God giving His children the desires of our heart! When our heart aligns with His heart, God is saying “Go ahead, dream big and I’ll surely give you those desires for My name sake!” So Dennis cooked all the roasts the next morning and Laury and I met him in Boston with some tables, and the prayer team all joined in to carry all the food and supplies to a popular location where the homeless congregate on the corner of Mass Ave near Boston Medical Center.
The cooler was full of hot food but we had one small problem; Dennis, followed a recipe I had given him from the internet, and it turned out the recipe was a disaster and totally overcook them to the point where the first three roasts were hard and dried out! But in speaking with him earlier that morning, we had told Dennis to bring them anyway, and if we ran out of meat, we’d cut them thin so we could at least provide a meal anyone in need. June also suggested maybe we could make sandwiches.
As we got to the end of the meat in the hot cooler, I asked Dennis if he could get the overcooked roasts from his trunk. We had no knife to cut the roasts but our friend Garth had a large Leatherman tool with a sharp knife on it. I grabbed the first roast which was literally hard as a rock and as Garth started cutting the roast, the first couple slices were very well done and hard but as he cut each subsequent slice, the roast got more and more tender and the cuts were getting pinker and softer as he kept going. They were actually more tender than the first batch!!! He finished cutting that roast and I grabbed the next roast which was now very soft unlike the first roast and as he cut this one, it was all perfectly cooked and tender, and then the last roast was also the same, Perfect! We watched God redeem the overcooked roasts as we continued to serve and bless the poor – how amazing is Jesus!
If that’s not cool enough, packed with those roasts were 6 cold uncooked hard potatoes wrapped in foil. I accidentally tried to place them in the cooler but immediately Dennis said they were not cooked. I thought “how can I possibly find them in the pile of similar cooked potatoes”, but they were so hard, it was very easy to figure out which were uncooked so I took them out within 60 seconds, and placed them on top of the other cooler. Later, when we completely ran out of all the potatoes, A man said he’d take one of the ones sitting on the other cooler (exposed to the cold air). We grabbed one and said sorry they aren’t cooked but he insisted on taking it so we opened and sliced it and it was completely cooked and soft! We gave out all but two of those potatoes, each fully cooked, yet the last two we didn’t need, were hard as a rock and uncooked!! You do the math, it was another miracle for sure! We also got to pray for many who got healed, received gloves and hats, and gave thanks for God’s blessings- it was an awesome day!
God surely dazzled us with His Glory as we celebrated the birth of His son in a lowly place with the poor, on Christmas day in Boston 2016!
Hallelujah and Glory to God in the highest, forever and ever-AMEN!!