In early 2011, my relationship with the Lord came to the point where I clearly felt
Him telling me, "If you want to be close with me, you need to serve." I went on the
Mariners Church website and found the opportunity to serve the homeless in Costa
Mesa. After that first serving, I knew my life would never be the same again.
This event began a new chapter in my life of serving and experiencing intimacy with
Jesus. I truly experienced His presence and witnessed Him pouring out His love on
those in need. My commitment increased and I began helping Stephanie lead the
servings. In the process, I discovered new things about myself, including a desire
and ability to have God speak through me to uplift and encourage people that are
hurting by persistently and lovingly presenting the Gospel message. It has been a
privilege and tremendous gift in my life to be part of the servings in Costa Mesa.
In 2012, Stephanie felt God calling her to start the free farmers' market event and,
as her partner for the servings, I came alongside her in this new mission. We got to
see firsthand the Lord's commitment to those who depend on Him - when obstacles
arose and things looked bleak, God moved in awesome, literally miraculous ways to
pave the way for us to simply give freely and abundantly. We have been encouraged
and lifted up by His hand over and over again, and the journey has been humbling
and something we treasure. Through it all, the servings and the farmers' markets,
the easy times and the hard, we have consistently seen God's absolute will for His
name and the glory of His grace through Jesus Christ to be lifted up on display for all
to see. In particular, He has shown a heart with loving compassion for those hurting
and poor in spirit, and a desire to fulfill the promises of His Word for those who
depend on Him, letting not a single child of His forget that He LOVES them
immeasurably and will provide for them faithfully, giving them a rock to stand on
FOREVER, if they will simply trust in Him through His Son Jesus. He has used these
events as a tool for these purposes and for me, and for everyone else who has been
part of this journey, it has been awe-inspiring, humbling, and ultimately blessed
beyond description to be a part of His work here in Orange County. I can't wait to
see how He uses these events and this team for even greater works to come!
Spend just a short time reading the Bible and you can quickly see that serving is a
core theme in following Jesus, and He instructs us all to serve in some facet! About
2 and a half years ago, I felt the Lord calling me to serve, but I wasn’t sure where, or
exactly in what capacity. My wife and I had volunteered for various corporate
sponsored events here and there, but I felt the calling for something outside of our
comfort zone. That’s when He used a best friend to direct my path. David started
serving the homeless at Lighthouse Church first and, being friends for 15 years, I
was immediately interested in the experiences he would share about the serving,
and witnessing the Lord change his life first hand. I was completely overwhelmed
and nervous by the idea of serving the homeless and can attest to the fact it was
WAY outside my normal comfort zone. Looking back, the Lord was working, this
much was plainly obvious, and I wanted to be part of it!
Approximately 2 years ago, the proverbial rubber met the road in the form of
serving the homeless/needy at Lighthouse Church, with David and Stephanie. In a
word, it was an awakening. Serving those generally deemed “outcasts” by our
society really opened my eyes to a world I couldn’t believe I didn’t see before.
Couple that with experiencing the Lord provide resource after resource, in such
abundance, and topple barrier after barrier to showcase his path, I was filled with a
humbleness that can’t be properly expressed. God is indeed good, all the time!
After a year of serving and joining the leadership team for the homeless/needy
serving, God opened up an opportunity to be involved with the newly formed entity,
The Pantry. Through this new ministry hundreds of local Costa Mesa families are
seeing God’s provision first hand and being gifted with an abundance of fruits,
veggies, dry goods, prayer and LOVE. Jesus gave it all for us, freely, without ANY
person being able to earn their way to heaven. That model of free giving is what we
strive to achieve at The Pantry. We love these people because He loves us.
Fast forward one year after The Pantry was created and wow has it been a wild ride!
The Lord continues to provide resources abundantly, the ministry is growing in
every way and I am looking forward to discovering where the Lord is calling The
In a county with such great wealth it is heart breaking to know that thousands of people go to bed each night hungry, many are children. As a mother, I can’t image what is must feel like to put your children to bed, as they complain of being hungry. I am passionate about helping those that are less fortunate and am committed to making a difference.
The Farmers Market is one of the few charities that give 100% of its donations to purchasing and distributing food. There are no paid staff members, all help is purely volunteer. As a business owner and single mom I understand finance and how precious time is. Investing my money and my time with the Farmers Market I know every penny is making a difference. The Farmers Market provides fresh produce to families in abundance, with dignity and love. I am honored to do my small part in making Orange County a beautiful place for us all to live.