The economy began falling when this ministry was just beginning. Steve and his wife had just started a food pantry with
their own money and thought “How can we meet this upcoming Need?” They felt the Lord answer, “Start a feeding ministry.” “It never hurts to check it out,” Steve said. After some researching, Steve learned it would cost more than his church or himself could afford just to get licensed by the Health Dept. Rather than being discouraged or giving up, their faith knew God would make a way since He laid it on their hearts. The every next day, after choosing to obey God’s leading, a miracle came and they had the exact amount to get licensed. “That’s definitely confirmation,” Jena remarked, “we better not turn back now. It’s obvious He wants us to do it, even though we don’t have experience.” Of course ADHD people aren’t afraid of much and blind people are used to going places they can’t see. In the next short two years, parts of Steve’s vision have already came to pass. “I am humbled and privileged to see miracles that most don’t get to ever experience in a lifetime. Evidently God wants show
what He is capable of when we get out of the way and let Him guide us,” he added. May God be glorified in all we do.
Faith is trusting God when we are unable to be in control ourselves, and that is what Steve and Jena have experienced since they chose to start feeding people hot meals five nights a week with a few helpers. Now there are over 100 volunteers to coordinate and close to an average of 150 meals being prepared.
Trinity Worship Center, a nondenominational church, existed in Picher, Oklahoma for five years before Steve Fellers was asked to come pastor them. It was a three-room unfinished church that had been a bar. The church had ten members with an average age of 72, but they had a big heart and some prayer warriors. After 8 years, the government bought out this small church. Miraculously, this church was able to move to Baxter Springs, Kansas to an existing church with a bad roof
over the sanctuary. About 24 members moved from Picher to Baxter Springs, including bus kids. They grew to around 35, would drop back down, grow up to 35 again, and so on until they opened up their huge hearts to host the Community dinner (Word in Action Ministries feeding program). Now they run around 75, with two-thirds being due to the dinner. May not be big numbers to some, but for a town of 4,000 and where they began, God should be glorified. Many are people who have never been in church before. Steve says he always believed a church should be relevant in their community and
I believe that is definitely happening. He is utmost grateful to his congregation for putting up with his “suggestions,” and the extra cleaning and heating or cooling.
It doesn’t appear to take too long to get the word out. Soon after the Community Dinner began, people called seeing if they
could help. At first there were more volunteers than those eating. It didn’t take too long for that to change either. After the first year, the support really came in. One local pastor stated, “I knew you were doing a good thing, but I honestly didn’t think you would last so I waited. Now, I’ll support you.” Businesses helped when they would do a benefit by giving leftovers; others give cups and ice. Churches have donated money, volunteers, or done fundraisers. Food is gathered and donated by everyone from children to seniors. The outpouring of help and creativity in providing paper products from Bible studies to the extra
giving like hats and gloves is absolutely inspiring. People from all denominations working side by side, having fun, and caring about those who come to eat. Everyone has watched lives change the longer they care. At first, those eating were uncomfortable with new groups cooking; now, they have nicknames for many. One lady never talked for the nine months she ate other than the word “yes” until one volunteer noticed her shoes which had one soul torn over halfway off. That same meal, this volunteer went and bought her a pair of shoes. . Ever since, this same lady started having short conversations, and will now go out of her way to say “hello and goodbye” to several workers. Praise the Lord. It has even been heard of volunteers meeting needs of those they meet outside of the dinner on their own time. Reminds me of the line from the song “Pass It On”
where it says “it only takes a spark to get a fire going.” Caring is becoming a way of life around here.
This ministry deciding to feed people at this small church with the overwhelming support of
this small town community already has made one in lots of lives.