Kimberly Grace, ’09, never imagined God’s plan for her life would lead her to where she is now. Though she was unsure of her call to mission after graduating, today Grace runs Heaven’s Bounty, a ministry that provides food to those in need.
Grace says the journey to get where she is now was at times full of doubt. Not having much herself, she couldn't understand why God impressed her to give to others.
“How could I share when I had so little?,” says Grace. “But God sent me on a journey just like the widow with Elijah.”
The start of Heaven’s Bounty can be traced back to a time when Grace was trying to provide food to a friend. Having little food herself, she asked grocery store employees to donate what was not being sold. After asking employees at several stores, she finally received a yes.
That day, Grace came back with four cases of produce. She and her friend couldn't finish all of it, so they shared with additional people.
Recognizing there were so many others in need, Grace and her friends began to help about 30 families. When Thanksgiving came, they organized a meal for 240 people using 30 boxes of food. Once sharing food became a tradition, Grace took the idea of Heaven’s Bounty to Southern Singles’ Ministry. They voted unanimously to make it an official community service. Today, Heaven’s Bounty distributes food on a daily basis.
Beyond providing food for hundreds of people, Grace says she enjoys the opportunity she and other volunteers have to touch others. One of the many miracles she’s seen occurred when Heaven’s Bounty called a mother who had just finished praying for God to provide her family with food.
Another opportunity came when Grace was able to give a Bible to a woman picking up food. She had wanted one for three months.
“Rather than just feeding the poor,” says Donna Ehrlich, Grace’s friend of four years, “[Kimberly] is duplicating in others the desire to bless someone else.”
Grace says she has learned two important lessons from her experiences. First, that we can trust God has already provided and second, that He knows the end from the beginning.These lessons have been rooted in several Biblical texts she’s found inspirational. They are:
• Matthew 6:33 and Matthew 7:7 - Christ's promises for disciples in mission work
• Deuteronomy 8:2-4 - Hungry Israelites in the desert
• Matthew 15:21-28 - Canaanite Mother
• 1 Kings 17:8-16 - Elijah and the Widow
"Each season He has a new deep and wonderful thing for me to learn," she says.