Satisfying the Hunger, by Sylvia Dickson

3 boysThen Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35).

Bradley* peeked out from under the covers of his nice, warm bed. It’s true, he thought. I am at French Camp Academy and that means I’m safe, warm, and I’ll have breakfast…again. After years of wondering if he would have a meal or a blanket, he no longer worries.

Guys and girls like Bradley come to FCA every year having been starved, but not just for food. Young people who have been starved by neglect, abuse, fantasy, and self-delusion. Motivation and hope for a good life has dwindled down to skin and bones.

Bread of Heaven

Young people come to French Camp Academy hungry. We feed them truth, relief, love, and hope. Our desire is to satisfy their appetites with the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33).

When they turn away from the world’s sticky candy to the food God spreads before them, they are satisfied. Their bodies and souls are nurtured when they hear Truth:

…say to the captives, ‘Come out,’     and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

“They will feed beside the roads     and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst,     nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them     and lead them beside springs of water. Isaiah 49:9-10

Life  Is Good

God’s goodness is evident at FCA. He continues to provide for the needs of young people and their families through people like you. He continues to provide because He is compassionate and chooses to work through us as we feed the hungry and care for the needy.

Christ spoke to his disciples on the mountain and He is still speaking to us today: Satisfied are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Satisfied are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.   Matthew 5:6-7

A Full Plate

Not knowing where the next meal will come from is painful. We don’t want that for anyone. Settling into a new place can be frightening and unsettling, also. Knowing the next meal will be provided, school is a safe place, everyday they can return to a clean, pleasant home, and that they are surrounded by people who love them  brings security that loosens their bonds.

God continues to fill our plates with young people and families. When a new student arrives at FCA we fill up their plates with love and time. Meeting their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs is a responsibility as well as a privilege.

Bless This Food

To all our readers, we say thank-you for whatever way you support God’s mission at FCA. Whether you pray for us, send donations, refer a family, volunteer, or all of the above, we are blessed. The majority of the student’s needs are met by people like you.           

Living hand to mouth leaves little time for anything else. Thanks to all the people who walk with us, our students are well fed physically and spiritually. They can get on with living and growing. God is certainly blessing this food at French Camp Academy.

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French Camp Academy, a safe, stable, healing place dedicated to providing a Christian boarding school and home experience in central Mississippi for young people needing an alternative place to live and learn. Though their backgrounds are diverse, all of our students need an environment where they can thrive emotionally, spiritually, academically, physically and socially.

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