Good Morning!! 4:30 yesterday Shelby and I pull up to St Benedicts mission. This has been our routine for 3 years. My mind not really focusing on the task ahead, I was waiting for a call from my B telling me of his 1st day if school. I really just wanted to go home and wait for him. We were greeted by two volunteers with big hugs and entered in with all the food. St B was already a hub bub of activity volunteers getting ready to feed the hungry, 4:55 came quickly....70 or so people were waiting to come in. I told the crew lets do this and we all proceed out the front doors. As we gather on the front porch I yell my usual Happy Monday and most of them respond with words, smiles or giggles. I tell them remember women and children first..... and then I ask John to pray. One of the guys that I have been feeding for 3 years pulls me into the crook of his arm(I have wrote of him...ice cream guy) he lays a gentle kiss on my head.....as I am nestled in his arm I listen to John's prayer. It was a beautiful prayer.... he then says "Thank you Lord for the Cast Iron Grill and for the food provided by them"..... this group of homeless, hungry,ignored and down on their luck men and women errupted with a loud AMEN!!! and it stole my heart. Happy Beautiful Tuesday yall.... as I stood there and received this amazing prayer, I was surrounded by people completely different than me...heck I was nestled in the arm of a drug addict but not just people different than me....I was surrounded by Gods children. There is a sign hanging in the mission the words keep me focused when I feel like I am not making a difference, "Feed as if you are serving royalty", it would be an honor to serve royalty but even more so to serve Gods children. We are not suppose to do the Lords work for thanks and gratitude but its an amazing gift when you here a Thank you or an Amen. I went to the mission yesterday distracted and emotionally not there and gently the Lord brought me back full focus.... My prayer for each of you is that in some form or fashion you have the opportunity to serve in some way. I was feeling like I was not making a difference anymore and my friends and my heavenly father gently showed me Yes a difference is being made. May your cup be full and a difference made....there is no better feeling!!!
I opened the Cast Iron Grill in October 2007. Lots of changes have happened in the last 5 1/2 years. The CIG started with 55 seats in an office building located at 18th and K. After five years, we were bursting at the seams with now 167 seats, and 24 wonderful co-workers working on top of eachother to make it happen. 2012 the Lord chose a different journey for the CIG. We relocated the CIG and opened our doors on January 2nd, 2013, just four blocks away from the old location! It has changed my world completely! All of these stories are the happenings of the people and the joy and celebration that make the CIG what it is.