We had a great weekend and first part of the week. I was able to go home last Friday and stay until Tuesday evening. It was so nice to see Tara and the girls. We didnt tell the girls so when I walked up at the airport they just looked at me like is that really you and then jumped in my arms. That was the neatest thing!! We then spent some good days just hanging out with each other. Then Mothers day we went to Church at Jubilee and also West Mobile. We then went and had lunch at Oliver's All I can say is WOW the Shrimp and grits was awesome.Tara and I actually put the Shrimp sauce on our potatoes it was so good. We then went home and spent some time by the pool. Then Abbey learned to ride her bike without training wheels and Mary Paige with training wheels. (I think I have created a monster and now Tara has to deal with it) It was a really nice Weekend
Tara and I had a lot of time to talk about what we thought the reason for this journey and we came up with some pretty good ones. We know that it is for us to be better stewards of what God has given us. I know this God spoke to me and said until we could get more disciplined in the area of health, finances, service He could not use us like He wants too. I know that who much is given much is required. I just want to serve God and do His will. Tara and I really are trying to do Gods will and at times it is hard but we know it will be worth it. They are saying the job might go long but we are in it as long as God sees fit to keep me here. Please Pray for Strength
We both feel like The Ransom Cafe is becoming a passion of ours and as we were told unless something is a passion dont do it because when things get tough you will quit if its only a vision or a burden. Some of you might not know what The Ransom Cafe is so I have added the vision that God has given us to the bottom of this blog. We dont know the time or place or even the exact details As I am learning This walk of faith is a day by day thing we have to keep our eye on the Caller not the Calling!!
See the vision God has given us and pray for God's Will
Reaching A Need Serving Our Master
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
God has given us a vision of a place where people can come and find nourishment, physical and spiritual. Ransom Café will be a place where people will be able to have one of life’s basic necessities met.
Ransom will operate with an ever changing menu. Our menu will depend on donations and foods that are able to be purchased at little to no cost. We will not have set prices on any of our menu items. We believe that some can pay more and some may not be able to pay at all, but the ones who can will pay for the ones who can’t. Jesus paid a debt for us that we could not pay ourselves when He gave his life on the cross for our sins. He paid our RANSOM and in order to be more like Him, we want to serve others.
If someone can’t pay anything, they can volunteer 1 hour of labor and they will be given a voucher good for 1adult’s meal + 1 child’s meal. This is based on 2 Thessalonians 3:10. If a man will not work, he shall not eat. We do realize that there may be some special circumstances and we will work with every individual to try to meet their needs. We will offer frozen entrees for guests to take home for evening meals. Also, we would like to be able to send meals to those confined to their homes because of age or illness in the model of Meals on Wheels.
It is our desire that Ransom Café will be able to give back to the community and not only provide a basic need, but also offer a mentoring program to help people learn valuable skills in the Hospitality industry, knowledge to help them with daily life and a sense of community. We hope to have a garden to grow our own vegetables which could also be used to teach individuals while providing them another volunteer opportunity. This will help in keeping our cost down and provide fresh healthy vegetables.
Just as Jesus paid our Ransom, our motto will be those that can pay will pay for those who can’t. God has given us a passion for people and a culinary gift and we want to use it to help others!! Please pray Gods will in this vision as well as the resources to see this come to pass. Our Goal is to provide a service to meet the needs of all people and share the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
Serving those in need,
Matt and Tara Armbruster