She’s a feisty, petite blond whose eyes well up with tears anytime someone says something about God doing extraordinary things through ordinary people—because she knows from experience that it is true. Tammy Lovell has been instrumental in taking the food ministries of FUMC Mineral Wells to the “next level.” And she will tell you, in no uncertain terms, that it is only by the grace of God that it is happening.
When Tammy was first approached to take over the food pantry—which was basically a closet with some cans and boxes—she said “no!” And she said “no” again and again. But finally she answered the call on her life, and now she finds herself unpacking rice and beans as well as speaking to organizations like Kiwanis and Leadership Mineral Wells about the hungry people in their community. In fact, she has become so involved in helping others that the community newspaper, The Mineral Wells Index,
Tammy would be the first to tell you that this is not just the work of her and God. There are many, many others who helped make sure that 2596 individuals in the area were fed last year (compared to 604 in 2002, the year Tammy took leadership.) In addition, 165 school children have food every weekend of the school year through the BackPack Buddies program. Members of the congregation and volunteers from the community assist with grocery shopping, stocking shelves, packing bags, distributing food, and giving monetary donations to make this ministry successful. Like the miracle of the loaves and fishes, there is always enough—and then some—to meet those needs. And the dream is that one day there will be no need for ministries like these. The food programs have led to the recognition of many other needs, and so Tammy and others are working to create money management classes, nutrition classes, literacy programs, and such to ensure that all of God’s children will one day live happy, healthy lives.
Tammy and so many others would be quick to tell you that God is working through them to help alleviate hunger in Palo Pinto County. But they would also tell you that God is working in their hearts and lives to feed the hunger they didn’t even realize they had—to share God’s love, grace, and mercy with those who need it most. Sharing a bag of groceries can feed our souls as well as the bodies of others.
And Tammy would tell you that you can say “no,” when God calls—“but you’ll miss so many blessings if you do! It’s absolutely, unbelievably life-changing!”