The miracle of loaves & fishes in West, TX

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At 7:53 pm on April 17, 2013, disaster struck the small town of West, Texas — 20 miles north of Waco and 80 miles south of Dallas.
A massive explosion struck the West Fertilizer Co. off I-35, devastating and setting fire to a 4-block radius. There were at least 15 fatalities, including 5 firefighters, and approximately 200 people injured.
The explosion was so huge, it registered as a 2.1 earthquake and could be heard 45 miles away in Waxahachie.

West explosion siteAerial photo of what’s left of the West Fertilizer Plant, 5 days after the explosion

Among the people coming to the aid of West, a small town of about 2,800, is Mercy Chefs, a non-profit, all-volunteer, faith-based charitable organization committed to providing high-quality, professionally prepared meals to victims, first responders, and volunteers during natural disasters and national emergencies.
Mercy Chefs
On April 21, 2013, Mercy Chefs in West, Texas, experienced a miracle of “loaves and fishes.” As recounted by volunteer Gary LeBlanc:
Last evening as I arrived for a meeting at the Command Center, I was greeted by a man who told me an amazing story from earlier in the day.
They had put out the last of the food they had on hand and saw it go quickly. They realized they needed another 100-150 meals for the recovery crew working so hard at ground zero and law enforcement guarding the site. They stopped and prayed that the Lord would do some sort of “loaves and fishes” miracle. They needed food for these selfless heroes and they had none. Ten minutes after the prayer a Mercy Chefs truck pulled up. We had 150 extra meals from lunch and felt directed to the command site. There were tears on both sides as they saw a prayer answered in real time.
Please do pray for the people of West and the Mercy Chefs team that God will continue to use us in such an extraordinary and humbling way.
Here’s a video showing the work of Mercy Chefs in West, TX:

Here’s Mercy Chefs’ Facebook page:

If you would like to be a volunteer, here’s the email:
To donate to this very worthwhile charity, click here.
H/t my ol’ friend Sol.
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0 responses to “The miracle of loaves & fishes in West, TX

  1. Dressage Rider

    Our Lord is an awesome God, and nothing is impossible for Him!

  2. Ahhh…the beauty of an answered prayer! Fresh Belief in GOD Almighty!

  3. It is more than heartwarming to see those who display the pure love of Christ put that love into good works. God Bless all those who stepped up to the plate.

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn and Sol for this inspirational post. I will pray for these victims-such a tragedy! In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. What Mercy Chefs and all of the people who are volunteering to help, is an example to us of what Jesus wants us to do; as St. James says, “Show me your works, and I will show you your faith.” It is also so amazing that the prayers were answered so quickly, and with such perfect timing!


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