Grace and Main’s very own Mike “Bread Mike” Wilkins has been nominated for the Dan River Nonprofit Network Volunteer of the Year Award. If you’re in the Dan River Region, please take the time to go and vote for Mike. He consented to be nominated because a win would mean a donation to Grace and Main Fellowship to support our ongoing work with/among the homeless, near-homeless, poor, addicted, and hungry in Danville. Your vote are needed for him to win, so take the time and head on over and vote once a day for Bread Mike.
Here’s a sample of what was written about him and his work in his nomination:
We call him “Bread Mike” because he first volunteered with his us by offering to give us some bread to distribute through our network of relationships among those struggling with hunger and homelessness in Danville. When I showed up to receive his donation, I was expecting several loaves of bread–maybe even a dozen loaves. Instead, he had a bread truck backed up in the parking lot and nearly 20 pallets of bread that were still unexpired but removed from the shelves of nearby stores.
Within a number of weeks, Mike became our “bread man” and was providing bread (and sometimes donuts or cookies for some of our friends who relished the delight of a sweet snack) to the houses connected with Grace and Main to distribute. To date, Bread Mike has personally provided thousands of loaves of bread to hungry people through his own hard work and sacrifice. Not because it gained him anything, but because it fed the hungry sisters and brothers with whom he was eating, praying, and learning to live.
Cindy Brandt has a piece up at Sojourners that you should take a minute to read. In it, she challenges us all to consider the role that culture plays in the way we see faith and how we are formed by what we call sacred and authoritative. For American Christians, this is an important task not only because our culture has an impact internationally like Cindy mentions in her piece, but also because we often find it incredibly difficult to separate our civic culture from our faith in meaningful and necessary ways. Take a look at this section:
Sometimes I feel you take for granted the immense power and influence your country and culture has on the rest of the world. Your military presence holds a solid threat in international conflict; your economic policies reverberate throughout the world; your pop culture is consumed in our theaters, on our computers, and in our earbuds. When you speak, we listen, because your voice is strong, your resources are abundant, your presence is loud. Perhaps this is why you sometimes miss the softer cries of our hearts.
And this is the cry of our hearts: to tell the story of Jesus from our own lips, to worship God in our own language, and to pray the concerns of our own hearts.
Now, don’t you want to read the rest? Head on over to Sojourners and check it out: http://www.sojo.net/blogs/2014/11/03/open-letter-missionaries