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Answered prayer: Donors pay to ship meals

After several large donations came in December, the food packed as part of the One Rosemount Feeding Families campaign will finally be delivered.

If you believe in God, this is a powerful story. If you don’t, it’s still a pretty neat story.

It all starts one sunny but cold March day last year. The community of Rosemount came together under the name One Rosemount Feeding Families to pack 285,120 meals for Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic. The refugees were displaced by an earthquake in 2010.

As part of the campaign to feed the hungry, the community also brought in more than 10,000 pounds of food for local food shelves. It was a good day for Rosemount.

Pastor Bill Goodwin, who led the campaign, said finding the manpower to pack all those meals in one day proved to be surprisingly easy. However, the group also needed to raise more than $50,000 to ship and distribute the food.

More than $30,000 came in right away, and then the excitement of the whole thing waned. Months later, there was still a long way to go.

Goodwin, senior pastor at Lighthouse Christian Church, was certain God would provide the money and he asked his congregation to pray about it.

A member of the Lighthouse congregation, Lori, who has asked that the Town Pages not use her last name, prayed that she might be a conduit for that money. She personally did not have a large sum of money to donate but she felt strongly that the money, or at least a large chunk of it, somehow would come through her.

In late December, Lori said, God answered her prayers when she opened a Christmas card from an uncle. Out of the card fell a $10,000 check made out in her name.

Stunned, Lori called her uncle to see if there was some mistake. He assured her the money was meant for her. He wanted her to do something wonderful with it.

“It was never really my money. This was my prayers being answered. I can’t imagine something more wonderful than giving life to other people,” said Lori.

A few days later, Lori donated the whole $10,000 to the One Rosemount Feeding Families campaign.

In passing, Goodwin shared Lori’s story with a group of men in his church. One of those men then decided to donate the remaining $8,000 needed to send the food. Goodwin said the food will be shipped this spring.

While it took longer than anticipated, Goodwin said overall he feels good about One Rosemount Feeding Families.

“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Goodwin.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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