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Using food & biblical hospitality to build community, provide hope, and share the love of Christ with those around us
August 2022
Over the past two months, as we've been praying for God's direction, He has led us into incredible new partnerships and opportunities.  He continues opening doors for our ministry in Livingston County, but has also found new ways to expand upon the work we have been doing abroad.    

It is both exciting and overwhelming to see our ministry growing so quickly.   With so many new ventures starting up this month, it has become very clear to us that we are now at a point where we can no longer do the work alone.  The time has come to expand our table and invite others to join us in our mission.  As you read through the many opportunities below, please prayerfully consider if there are any areas in which God may be calling you to volunteer with us.
Taking advantage of Jessica's last few weeks in Thailand
As Jessica's year in Thailand came to an end last month, she spent her final weeks abroad working on behalf of The Ivy Table to feed hundreds of people in need.  In late June, Jessica and her husband were able to accompany a mission team to schools at the Mae Sot refugee camps in northern Thailand.  These schools house displaced and orphaned children from the neighboring country of Myanmar.  While visiting the area, in addition to helping rebuild one of the girls dorms, The Ivy Table was able to donate several truck loads of food to three different Christian refugee schools, each housing around 100 children.  The donations included rice, beans, cooking oil, dried fish, eggs, fruits, and vegetables.  But the highlight of our donations was the fresh chicken (a favorite for the children, but something they had not gotten to enjoy all year long) and the commercial sized gas rice cooker (making meal prep for 100 students without any electricity a much easier task).
In early July, Jessica was able to partner with a local charity in Pattaya, Thailand (called Mercy Pattaya), to deliver food to over 300 families living in the slums, including many senior citizens and handicapped.  This food distribution, funded by our Project 2535 initiative, was the first time since COVID that an organization has been allowed to bring humanitarian aid into these neighborhoods.  With permission from the local government and coordination with social workers in the area, we were able to bring food to the front doors of the city's most at need residents.  

Thank you to all who donated to make this project a success!  Your generosity was once again overwhelming!   Please take a minute to watch the following video, featuring photos and video from the distribution.
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Connecting Countries:  Meals with a purpose
This September, we have some exciting new projects which will allow us to expand upon our ministry work both here and abroad, connecting the people of Livingston County with the people of Thailand.  
Students Feeding Students
In partnership with Whisk and Ivy, we are excited to be a part of the new hot lunch program at Cornerstone Christian School in Brighton.  Whisk and Ivy will be preparing and donating the lunches at cost, and giving The Ivy Table 100% of the proceeds.   We will then use that money to feed students at the refugee schools in Thailand that are referenced above.  Learn more here.

 
ComeUnity Dinners
Also in partnership with Whisk and Ivy, The Ivy Table will be offering ComeUnity Dinners at Cornerstone church in Brighton every Wednesday night.  Meals will be served from 5-6pm on a pay-what-you-can basis, and all are invited.   Proceeds will be used to feed those in need both locally and abroad.  Come out and enjoy a delicious meal with a purpose with us!  Learn more here.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SERVE, GREET GUESTS, & CLEAN UP EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING, AS WELL AS HELP US MAKE DESSERTS EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON.** 
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Ruck to Live

On September 17, we will be partnering with Veterans Connected for the Ruck To Live event downtown Brighton. This event raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.  In addition to having a team march the 8 mile course, we will also be providing a pulled pork and texas slaw lunch to all participants. 

Please consider joining us for this important cause.  T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register by Sept 1.  Learn more and register here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SERVE THE LUNCH FROM 11-4 THAT DAY**
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Connecting Tables

Connecting Tables is a program that we created to utilize the extra food from our catered events, that often goes to waste.  Through this program, Whisk and Ivy's leftovers are being donated to The Ivy Table, repackaged as individual meals, labeled for nutrition, and given to those in need.   A partnership with Community Bible Church is currently allowing us to distribute these meals to families living in a local trailer park. 
Ultimately, we would love to have a free meal fridge, where anyone in need is welcome to help themselves to a homecooked meal.  Until we have a space of our own, however, we are working with other local charities to place refrigerators in the lobbys and clubhouses of low income apartments and neighborhoods around town.     

**VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP PACK AND DELIVER THESE MEALS TO THE DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS EACH WEEK.
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TWO Farm to Table Dining Events This Fall
We are excited to partner with Whisk and Ivy & Rustic Marine to offer two separate farm to table events this fall at the Rustic Marine's barn in Fenton.  Proceeds from the back to school brunch on Tuesday, Sept 27 and plated dinner on Thursday, October 6 will be used by The Ivy Table to feed hope, faith, and love to those in need.  Each event will be limited to 36 guests with details coming soon.  Registration will be announced on Facebook, so make sure to follow Whisk and Ivy The Ivy Table and/or Rustic Marine if you are interested in attending.  
New Creation Thursday Dinners

This week was our final dinner for Love Inc's New Creation ministry, as their summer classes come to an end.  It has been such a blessing to meet, serve, and encourage this incredible group of 30 men and women.  Providing each week's meal not only gave us an opportunity to feed them physically, but also show them kindness and love learning their name, asking how their day went, and getting to know their stories.  There is just something so special about sitting around a table together!
A Home for The Ivy Table
We continue praying about and working toward our dream of securing a brick and mortar space for The Ivy Table, a place where we can show love and biblical hospitality to all who enter by hosting events, bible studies, and pay-what-you can style meals for the community.  With the help of a local realtor, we have begun looking at potential locations.  Please continue to pray for wisdom and clarity as we take steps forward in faith toward this very big goal. 

"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
Make a tax-deductible donation to The Ivy Table
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer with The Ivy Table.  We also ask that you would consider making a monthly commitment to partner with us in our mission of feeding hope, faith, and love.  Both one time and monthly donations are accepted, and as a 501c3 charity, contributions are tax deductible.  Donations can be made by check to "The Ivy Table" and mailed to 8358 Airport Lane, Brighton, MI 48114 or by major credit card or Paypal here.

In His name,
Barb, Jessica, and Sandy

The Ivy Table
Feeding Faith, Hope, and Love
PHONE: 810-295-1925
EMAIL: theivytable@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.theivytable.org
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in" - Matthew 25:35
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