A Challenge from Loc Nguyen of BUMC

Soup kitchen /so͞op kiCHən/– Noun: A place where food is served to those in need.  Any place with a heart for the hungry can be a soup kitchen, on occasion. See the story, below!

loc_nguyen_sharing_bumcLoc Nguyen, a lifelong educator and member of the Burlingame United Methodist Church offered a challenged to all who have ears: let’s feed more people who are hungry. He can help offer his expertise to those who’d like it.

Nguyen began by sharing a powerful testimony of his family’s experience with immigration. Forty years ago, his father had tugboats in Saigon. Before the fall, they refused the airlift, instead towing 300+ refugees to safety after Saigon fell.  The trip to safety was fraught, and the towboat behind them was shot at and lost at sea.  His parents then used the belongings they had carried with them as a negotiating tool, sparing the women and children from the horrors that would have awaited them otherwise, when they were beset by pirates at sea.  Finally landing in the Philippines, the tugboat itself was stolen. But the family was thankful for the refuge. They were settled in the mainland and adopted as a family by the BUMC.  Although he did not say so, surely his dedication to life as an educator is one way he gives back.

loc_nguyen_sharing_bumc1Fifteen years ago, Nguyen read about a farmer who opened his barn doors to the poor and fed them regularly, no questions asked.  This farmer didn’t have an industrial kitchen, but BUMC did. And this was how the humanitarian breakfast began. He purchases the food at Costco, and the congregation reimburses him, for which he is humbled and grateful. Many volunteers have made this a reality, answering the challenge in James 2:15-16:

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?”

Recently it has struck him that this program could be replicated, for in his heart he believes that everywhere there are industrial kitchens, they should be put to work feeding the hungry. Anyone who reads this post and would like to be in contact with Nguyen regarding next steps for success can use our contact page to contact us, and we’ll forward that message along right away.


Categories Stewardship | Tags: | Posted on May 17, 2015

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