In the freezing cold and rain, Sofia Moncayo and her faithful team can be seen on the streets of New York volunteering their time to feed the hungry.
Even though Sofia was laid off from her job and is behind on her rent, she still feels compelled to serve.
And once you see the amazing display of her selfless faith even through her own personal struggles, you’re bound to be inspired.
We’re often taught to focus on ourselves – and while it’s prudent and necessary to make sure our basic needs are met – we often forget the hurting world around us.
But not Sofia Moncayo.
For more than a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sofia has led a massive food distribution program in New York City, making sure no soul goes without food.
She doesn’t do it for recognition or fame or to feel good about herself.
As a Christian, her genuine faith cannot allow her to ignore those around her who are starving and in need, so Sofia does her part to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Even more beautiful, she doesn’t just see them as people who “need food,” but sees them as her neighbors.
And for Moncayo, it’s personal.
When she was a child, she remembers having to wait in lines just to get food and recalls the shame she experienced.
Now as an adult with the power to do good, she’s using her talent to help others – and those on the receiving end speak to the kindness of Moncayo and her team.
Faith Wire reported:
“Sunnyside resident Carol Sullivan lost her stage manager job when Broadway theaters closed because of the virus. She was hesitant at first about receiving food from a pantry, but she said that Moncayo and the other volunteers made her feel welcome.
“It has been a link to the community that I didn’t have before and it also saves a lot of anxiety over having to have money to pay for food over having to pay for the bills,” Sullivan said.”
In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, no person should be without basic necessities.
Sofia didn’t wait for government officials to volunteer their time to feed the hungry – she did it herself, even though she is personally struggling.
May we never turn a blind eye to those who are hungry.
Consider ways you can bless those in your community who are struggling, whether volunteering your time to serve or donating financial resources for those in need.
It’s up to those of us in the Church to live out our faith and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Of course, while meeting the tangible needs of our neighbors, we must use it as an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pointing others to Him as the only way to be truly satisfied.
Faith and action go hand in hand – let’s do our part as the bride of Christ to follow in the footsteps of our living Savior!
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