Looking for God: an Ongoing Tale - One man's trash is another man's treasure
“I met some interesting people on Sunday,” Tamara begins.
Mitch is still gazing at the food choices. “Oh, sorry, what was that?”
“No, I'm the one who is sorry for interrupting your all-important decision making process. You always get the same thing anyway, a burger.”
“I'm trying something different today, you may want to know. Anyway, you were saying something about meeting some interesting people.”
“At the church, you know, the one I've been checking out, the one that's quite big and seems to be getting bigger every month. Well I met a couple who spend each winter in California.”
“Sounds really tough,” Mitch jokes.
“What I mean is that they go there every winter to work with a Christian organization. The founder of the organization — I think the name of it is Gleanings for the Hungry — noticed that each year millions of kilos of California produce gets thrown out. It's usually because the fruits and vegetables have blemishes or are not the right size or colour for North American consumers. And he looked for a way to get this food to hungry people overseas.”
“Are we that fussy?”
“I guess we are. Anyway, they dry the produce, vacuum pack it, and ship it by container to impoverished areas of Eurasia and Africa. It's an amazing operation.”
Tamara went on. “I had not realized that some churches have some great things going on. I wonder if most people who don't go to a church know much about these things.
“I also wanted to mention that at the church, the speaker talked a lot about the death and return to life of Jesus Christ last weekend. I have to confess, I had a hard time with that. But it seems this is pretty important for the Christian view of things, right? So, I'd like to know a little more about that.”
“Ok, but if I don't order my food soon, I may experience death. By the way, I am not having a hamburger today. ”
“Wow, a radical change on the way?”
“Today, it's a cheeseburger.”
“You're really reinventing yourself!”
“Well, in that case, we might have something in common.”
Continued next week