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Joseph's Storehouse is blessed with large truck loads of food each month to be a blessing to many in the community.

Cars begin lining up early before our gates open at 8:30 on giveaway day, which last until 11:30.  There is plenty of food for everyone who comes during those times. 

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Monday, October 09 2023

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled (satisfied with divine contentment)" Matthew 5:6. 

When we are physically hungry and thirsty our cravings can only be met with food and drink. As Christ-followers we have an inner spiritual hunger and thirst that only His righteousness can satisfy. There is a difference between physical and spiritual hunger. Physical hunger works opposite of spiritual hunger. We ingest physical food and drink until our body is satisfied. We no longer have a need. When we are spiritually hungry and we are given a feast of good spiritual food, it makes us hungry for more. We cannot seem to get enough.

The reverse is also true. Missing a meal for our physical body increases our desire and appetite for nourishment. But if we receive no spiritual food over time, we can lose our desire for it and malnutrition will set in. Just like physical malnutrition, this creates short and long term spiritual health issues, slows recovery when we are wounded spiritually, and gives way to a higher risk of infection from the world. It also delays our spiritual growth and causes us to waste away spiritually. 

Unfortunately, some of us are spiritually malnourished. It’s not because we don’t eat, but because we are consuming the wrong things. The world offers us an endless buffet of things that we can ingest that only satisfies our flesh but leaves us spiritually malnourished. And when we are given opportunity for something to feed our spirits, we become picky eaters. We only want to consume what we like or what makes us feels good. The only way to have a healthy spiritual diet is to have a desire to apply the righteous standard of God (His way of doing and being right) to our lives. The menu to obtain this is only found in His Holy Word. Our desire must be to hunger and thirst for what pleases Him. If we train our appetites to do so, we will be satisfied with divine contentment. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all. 

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 10:19 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, September 11 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ An “agent” is defined as “someone who acts for or in the place of another by designated authority”. We all deal with licensed agents at some point in our lives. Real estate or insurance agents are to name a few. A real estate agent acts on behalf of the buyer, or the seller and the insurance agent acts as a representative of the insurance company. They both have been given designated authority to act accordingly.

Jesus Christ has charged His followers to be His agents, Agents of Redemption. Jesus does the work of redemption, but He gives His children the designated authority on His behalf to bring His redemptive plan and message to the world. Just as the agents that we deal with today must meet specific qualifications, the same is true for those who accept the charge to be God’s agents of redemption. We must first and foremost be a follower of Jesus Christ whose intention is to serve Him as master every day. Not our will, but His be done. We must be a person on a personal mission to pray, work, and hope for His kingdom to come. That is to see that His comprehensive plan and purpose is revealed in our lives. It is vital that we live a life in view of eternity and the life to come. As an agent of redemption, we have a personal calling to be engaged with individuals daily to demonstrate a transformed life of God’s redemptive plan for everyone. Our lives should be a witness and testimony to His infinite love, His gift of forgiveness, and His underserved mercy and grace.

Finally, we must strive to have the mind of Christ. We must think on that which is true, noble, right, pure, admirable, lovely, praiseworthy, and excellent (Phil. 4:8). This type of lifestyle takes courage, compassion, and conviction. It is critical for us to live this way to assure that God’s redemptive work continues in our world today. May we all accept the challenge to be Agents of Redemption for His glory. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!” Psalm 107:2a. ~ God’s blessings, protection and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 11:20 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, August 14 2023


We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the Joseph’s Storehouse Food Ministry and its mission to feed those in need. Whether it is to pray for us, to volunteer, and or contribute to us financially, we are eternally grateful. It is impossible for us to complete our vision of supporting deserving families without your help. We are humbled to partner with so many to see that hurting people in need of food are fed. Joseph’s Storehouse is seeing the largest increase in demand for food than we have in our 24 year history. Here are our January-June statistics year over year:


Families needing food in 2023: up 55% over 2022. 

Total number of individuals in 2023: up 69% over 2022.

Projected pounds of food and drink to be distributed in 2023: 1.4 million


We would ask that you please continue to pray for us as we look to the days ahead. Pray that we will have ample supply of the food (especially frozen meats) that is needed and sufficient operational resources. Also, as your schedule may allow, come join us on one of our food distribution days. It is a great time to enjoy fellowship as we work together and to serve others. Jesus said, “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” With Christ as our example, let it be so with us. ~ Blessings, protection and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:06 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, July 10 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ “Your name, Lord, endures forever, your renown, Lord, through all generations.” Psalm 135:13 (NIV). “We live in a day of celebrities. They are all around us. We hold many people in high regard because of their ability to act, sing, compete athletically, and so on. Perhaps they are wealthy, successful in business, or philanthropic. Whatever the case, we esteem these individuals for their status and significance. However, over time, we lose our interest in most celebrities. Their skill, talent, or notoriety declines, and they are soon forgotten.

Yet Jesus Christ will never lose His status. He never wrote a song, and yet there are more songs written about Him than any other person who ever lived. He never wrote a book, and yet the book written about Him has outsold every other book. He never traveled more than 300 miles from the place of His birth, and yet people on every corner of this earth recognize His name. Your calendar is set by His entrance into human history as A.D. In fact, His renown only increases with time even though He has been physically gone from earth for more than 2,000 years.

Although Jesus is the greatest celebrity to ever live, He took the lowest form of humanity. He could have been born in a castle and portrayed Himself as a king, but then so many of us would not have been able to relate to Him. So, He came as a babe who was born in a barn. He was born to poor parents in the midst of a society filled with chaos. The good news of Jesus Christ is that regardless of how low you go, He knows where you have been because He came as a servant, humble and lowly. He came with a passion for His purpose, which was to bring salvation to humanity by taking on the sins of the entire world.” (excerpted from Tony Evans book, “The Power of God’s Names”). Inspired words that begin to describe the renown of Jesus Christ. ~ Blessings, protection and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:40 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, June 12 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ We have the honor and privilege on the last Monday in May each year to remember the men and women who have given their lives for our country. Those who gave, as President Abraham Lincoln called it, “the last full measure of devotion,” in our country’s defense. They also helped preserve the many unprecedented civil and religious freedoms that we hold dear. To remember what they sacrificed is a memorial to their lives and devotion.

We as Christ-followers, of all people, should understand the importance of remembering. We are truly memorial people because our faith depends on remembering. Our Heavenly Father has surrounded us with memorials for our remembrance. The feasts instituted for the nation of Israel are memorials. The rainbow is a memorial to God’s promise to the mankind (see Genesis 9:13). Every time the church meets, it is in remembrance and a memorial. Each time someone accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, each time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, each time there is a baptism, each time we celebrate Easter, each time we celebrate Christmas, they are all memorials. These memorials remind us of how much our Father in Heaven loves us and how valuable we are to Him. Remembering His love and grace is necessary to fuel our faith in God’s future faithfulness and leading in our lives.

John 14: 26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  We are reminded of what Jesus has said by the Holy Spirit and by meditating on His Word (a memorial). Psalm 1:2 instructs us that “his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” By doing so daily, we are making every day a Memorial Day as we consistently bring to remembrance God’s instruction and His love for us all. ~ Blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:01 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 10 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ We find in Exodus 15 that the Israelites are put to a test by God. They have just been delivered from Pharoah and his army by crossing the Red Sea on dry ground. Moses and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord praising Him for their deliverance. But just three days later after traveling in the wilderness, they could not find water to drink. The people began to grumble and complain. Grumbling and complaining is a sign of a failed test. They had just experienced a miracle of God of incredible proportion and now could not believe that God was aware that they needed water to drink. 

Did you ever take a test in school that covered material that you had not covered in class or was assigned in homework? Some of us might have thought so at the time, but probably not. It would not be fair to the students to test them on material and information that they had not reviewed. The same is true about our Heavenly Father. He will not put us to a test that we have not received prior teaching or instruction. This is an important principle for us to remember as we face the challenges of life. How we respond to those challenges determines whether we pass, fail, or learn from the experience. There are tests we will pass that will allow us to continue to grow in our faith. Unfortunately, there will be tests that we fail. How we react to failure will affect us either negatively or positively. If we grumble and complain because we go through trouble, we have truly failed. But if we learn from the experience, we still have a chance to grow from the trial. Growth to be more prepared and equipped to successfully face obstacles in the future. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it an opportunity of great joy when your faith is tested. Then your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when it is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” ~ Blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:09 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, April 05 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ Life is full of natural milestones that mark various stages or significant happenings in our lives. Milestones refer to specific times that function as markers in our journey through life. Natural milestones are things such as the day you got your driver’s license (mine marked with a flat tire), graduating high school or college, wedding day, the loss of a friend or a loved one, or your children being born to name a few. These are times that we look back upon that can bring us joy, encouragement, comfort, or even sadness at times.

As one author has said, “While natural milestones in our lives are meaningful, they are not as significant as spiritual milestones. Spiritual milestones lift our eyes from the challenges (or discouragement for the moment) and help us get a glimpse of the journey as a whole. They can inspire us to take that next step of faith and experience God at work.” Those steps help create examples of spiritual milestones such as the day that we became a Christ-follower, encounters with God forever etched in our minds and hearts, prayers written and kept in a Bible, specific verses memorized, songs that have touched our lives, or storms in life that we have survived with God’s help. We must make time in our busy lives not to neglect to mark, record, and share these important times on our spiritual journey.

“I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old” (Psalm 77:11). Making the intentional effort to remember and celebrate the spiritual milestones in life will cause us to be aware of God’s presence in our lives. He is always present and working. It is a matter of whether we will see Him or not. Remembering our spiritual milestones in life will help us notice Christ and remind us we can always trust His lead. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 10:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, March 08 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ I will be the first one to admit that I really like the flavor of salt. It is a great enhancer to the flavor of certain foods. It is also used as a preservative. It helps prevent rot or decay of certain foods. The salt that we have today is a stable compound that does not lose its effectiveness. This was not the case with the salt found around the Dead Sea. It was contaminated with gypsum and other minerals causing it to lose its effectiveness as a flavor enhancer or preservative. It was thrown out onto the footpaths to kill vegetation.

Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the salt of the earth...” (Matthew 5:13). We, as Christ-followers, are considered people who bring flavor and preservative factors to the world around us. We should change the flavor of society as we bring the savor of Christ to those we encounter. It is our responsibility to also bring a preserving force to our communities that struggle with spoil and decay. God’s Word working through us helps bring a thirst for God and a preventative to the corruption that is affecting our world.

As salt, we must be careful that we are not contaminated so that we lose our effectiveness for Christ. The world will always be a force to be reckoned with as it appeals to us in ways that will contaminate us. It will make every effort to divert our focus away from God and His will for our lives. It’s temptation of possessions, money, higher status, and recognition are nothing new since it was the same for Adam and Eve as well as for Jesus. James 4:4a says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?” Let us all stand in defense of being contaminated by the world. May we not lose our uniqueness as a preservative and savor that may affect our ability to make a lasting difference for God’s kingdom. ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:14 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 15 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ As most of you may know, this ministry was founded over 23 years ago by Bro. Bob & Sister Peggy Evans. They were called to focus on feeding the elderly, the disabled, and single parents. Over the years that has grown to cover anyone who has a need of food. Veterans, the displaced, the working needy, the unemployed, and others are now welcome and are provided with provisions for them and their families. As this focus has transitioned, so has the number of individuals in need increased over time. 2022 was the largest year yet in the number as well as percentage of increase for those coming for food. Here are a couple of vital facts:

• The number of families increased by 50.9% over 2021

• The number of individuals increased by 67.1% over 2021

As we have seen this increase in demand, we have also seen an increase in our cost of keeping the ministry operational. But it is because of dedicated individuals like yourselves that we have been able to meet the growing need presented before us. We are thankful and humbled for your consistent prayers, your volunteering of your valuable time, and/or your sacrificial giving financially to see that the work continues. Please keep praying that we will have availability to ample food supplies, please keep volunteering as your time permits, and please continue to give financially as you are able so that we can remain faithful to our mission. The only way this can be accomplished is by allowing God to work through you and me. By Him working through us, He can work through Joseph’s Storehouse. It is only through us and His guidance that we will be able to finish the race that He has placed before us. His faithfulness through us and the ministry has literally helped feed thousands of families over the years.  Psalm 9:1 says, “I will praise you Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

Posted by: Pam Henson AT 09:21 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, January 04 2023

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK ~ A resolution has been defined as “a firm decision to DO or NOT DO something specific”. Resolutions are usually made in our culture during the New Year celebration. Some of the most common ones are to lose weight, spend less, get more organized, exercise more, etc. Unfortunately, somewhere before the end of January, most of us have either abandoned our efforts or have forgotten what our resolution was. Most New Year’s resolutions are broken because most see the benefits do not outweigh the cost. Lack of time, motivation, or loss of zeal after starting figure into the cost. 

Christ-followers should be more focused on making a daily resolution. One that the benefits far exceed the cost of time, motivation, and zeal required. One that can have a greater chance of success because it is renewed daily. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Jesus himself gives us a daily resolution: “Deny oneself and take up one’s cross.” A resolution that not only has immediate benefits but eternal rewards as well. 

How can we deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily? One author has given us a few guidelines of how to do so: (1) By surrendering fully to the Lord daily. This means a life of absolute denial to self and the world. (2) By daily imitating Christ. If we live for Christ and daily imitate His lifestyle, we will exemplify His love, mercy, grace, kindness, gentleness, and compassion that will glorify our Heavenly Father. (3) By spending quality fellowship time with God in prayer and meditating on His word. Without prayer and the word of God active in our lives, we will find it almost impossible to deny ourselves. Our daily resolution and our greatest desire should be to deny ourselves and take up our crosses and follow Him. By doing so, we can truthfully say, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). ~ God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.

Benny Nolen
Joseph's Storehouse

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