So today was a fairly easily made, but also hearty and filling lunch of baked spaghetti, featuring ground beef, mild andouille sausage, and sun dried tomatoes. After one of the guests led us in saying grace, we served about 15 guys today, so there was plenty for everyone to have heaping servings.
Received all thumbs up. Feeling grateful.
I have been slacking at posting our monthly meals again, so I have got to come up with a battle rhythm and formula to post more consistently. Maybe just a few photos and a few words that will talk about the meal, number of guests served, and ending in gratitude. However it goes, because all of our lives are calling for our attention from multiple, and sometimes competing directions, please know that we are still out here working and joyously serving.
God bless you all. Until next time, stay safe and well.
Finished meal for today’s community outreach: Savory Salisbury Steak and gravy, with sautéed onions and mushrooms, topped with provolone and parmesan; buttermilk biscuits, buttery mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans with potatoes.
It was a labor of love started last night with 12 pounds of ground beef, seasoned and made into patties, then refrigerated until 7am this morning, when we finished preparing the main dish, including fresh onions and assorted mushrooms to make a hearty and flavorful gravy.
We also added couple dozen homemade biscuits, made fresh this morning. The green beans and mashed potatoes were also a huge success, but I forgot to take photos before we started.
We took a few moments to say grace, and fed over 20 guests today (a few folks were still trickling in as we were leaving), but there was plenty to go around. Hard to believe that 2 and 2 Possibles, Inc., is over five years going strong in this ministry, and we are ever-grateful to continue this journey that we pray will continue to be pleasing to God. Spreading love in Louisville and beyond. 🥰
Our Louisville Chapter of 2 & 2 is starting 2023 by continuing to serve our monthly lunch meal to guests at Re:Center Ministries, but also starting to spend some time on the ground, in coordination and cooperation with other outreach groups (I hope that I will get better at remembering everyone’s names soon!), including The Forgotten Louisville, Jacob’s Ladder, and a long-serving outreach organization, Hip Hop Cares. 2 & 2’s first outreach participation pf 2023 included volunteering with these wonderful people who started at 5pm, and they were still making stops around the city well after 9pm. Thanks to these God-sent volunteers, we were blessed to make multiple stops, sharing hot soup, hot cocoa, sack lunches, hot coffee, with cream and sugar, snack bags, hygiene kits, and various sustenance items, including batteries, blankets, clothing and more.
My hope is that 2 & 2 will be able to continue to participate regularly, at least twice a month with the street outreach teams, and to post a list of requested items, for any who may want to bless us with a donation to continue this most important work. Here are some items that were requested during last night’s outreach, if you are inclined to donate.
Batteries (AA and AAA)
Underwear (various sizes)
Hoodies (various sizes)
For items that cannot be mailed, I will be glad to meet any local (Louisville/Fort Knox area) donors in person, or you can donate funds directly to any of the following:
2and2-dot-org or to Venmo @JacobsLadderOutreach.
Please also let us know if you are interested in volunteer opportunities. We will be happy to have you join us. Thank you! ❤️.
Lamb and potato stew, with fresh carrots and mushrooms; homemade strawberry ice cream, and home black walnut ice cream (my personal favorite). Perfect season fir lamb. Perfect time of year for cranking out some homemade ice cream. Labors of love, all.
Our community outreach ministry, 2 and 2 Possibles strives to prepare and serve home-cooked, nutritious meals, made with love, that we would serve to our own families, and this one meal is an example.
Thanks to very generous donations, we were blessed with the funds to pay for enough lamb and fixin’s to make a special community outreach meal for Easter/Resurrection Weekend. We used ground lamb, lamb chops, and leg of lamb (which took forever to carve, because I am a total novice). I trimmed off some of the fat, but left a generous amount, because, as the man said, “Where there’s fat, there’s flavor.” I also decided to brown the meat that was left on the bone, and use the bone to help make a savory broth. Other fixin’s include steamed cabbage, cornbread (by special request), apple pie, and assorted beverages.
As for choice of main course, lamb seems appropriately symbolic, as it keeps us mindful of Christ as the Lamb of God, and the special significance of this holy weekend. The recipe says that stew should simmer on stovetop first, then is supposed to finish slow cooking in the oven for the next few hours. I’m praying that the oven rack holds the weight of the pot, and it all turns out well. 🙏🏾
Thanks, as always, to everyone who helps us to continue this in this ministry, including the members of @idig.llc. We are blessed by you, and grateful for you.
Our March meal was scrumptious homemade chicken with homemade herb dumplings, plus fixin’s. My first time making dumplings from scratch, but the ROE far outweighed the labor. My goodness! And our guests (we served almost 30) loved it! I onky wish that I had added more dumplings. They really enjoyed the dumplings!
2 and 2 Start Our New Year in Continued Outreach to the Community: January and February Meals Served!
Whew! This new year is almost through its first quarter, and we're already playing catch up on posting updates. Here are a few photos of our January and February meals from our food ministry.
By God's grace, in January, we served our monthly lunch meal to guests at Re:Center Ministries here in Louisville. By request, the main course was fried fish. We chose whiting. We added our own finishing touches that included homemade cornbread, seafood pasta salad, chow-chow relish, orange-butter pound cake (also called Orange Lightning Pound Cake), along with beverages and condiments.
In February, our lunch meal included three meat chili (ground beef, stew meat, and chorizo sausage), jalapeno cornbread, buttered rice (not pictured), multiple pies, beverages and condiments.
Our February sack lunches for The Forgotten Louisville contained 27 sandwiches of honey-baked turkey, ham, and Swiss, plus snack-size bags of Cheez-Its, Welch's Fruit Snacks, and Cuties (small oranges), water, and condiments.
Our goal is to post our meals and other service activities at least once a month. Here's hoping to do better at taking better photos and keeping y'all posted in March and beyond! Please keep us and our ministry in your prayers and good thoughts.
Serving Joyously and Signing Off...
A huge shout out to @kingsleycaters here in Louisville, Kentucky, for two beautiful roasted and sliced turkeys for our Thanksgiving community outreach lunch. I ordered at the last minute, and they took great care of us. We also served some awesome homemade dressing (courtesy of Bertha Clark), green beans, rolls, and sweet tea. And an equally huge debt of gratitude is owed to the generous veteran (who wishes to remain anonymous) who donated a $100 Visa gift card to help cover the costs. Our ministry, 2 and 2 Possibles, continues to be blessed with good people doing good things. We are grateful.
Our donor wishes to remain anonymous, but granted us permission to share this donation, for which we are very grateful, along with this card and the beautiful words of encouragement written inside. I added the 22 cents, just to keep it even. I think we should continue the trend, so that whatever donations we receive, and whatever deposits we make, we will add enough to make sure our balance ends with 22 cents.
Please continue to keep 2 and 2 Possibles in your prayers, positive thoughts, good vibes, and kindest regards, as we strive to keep our efforts aligned with God's will for us and our organization.
To God Be the Glory!