Profiles in Service: Donnlee Kiviaasen
Water of Life, United Family Church of God
Discovering God’s Portion
Water of Life is an independent church not affiliated with any denominations. Donlee notes the church is highly aware of their connection to the greater church community as a whole, and committed to bridging the gap between denominations in the body. The congregation’s desire for fellowship and connection made a relationship with God’s Portion a natural next step.
“We’ve been partnered with God’s Portion since 2012,” Donlee explains. One of the elders in our church approached our congregation and told us about this organization,” he continues, explaining how they discovered God’s Portion. “We sent some people to find out what it was all about, and we’ve been blessed to be working with them ever since.”
“We’re in a small community in East Gray’s Harbor County, in the city of Oakville,” Donlee says. “Our mission field in Oakville is to spread the gospel, but there’s a looming cloud over the town in the form of drugs and alcohol, and the lack of having a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We’ve been able to reach into the community with our Sunday morning breakfast ministry and also with our food bank,” he continues.
Donlee notes the ministry got started as a response to a lack of resources in their area: there was only one food bank in Oakville, and it was only open one day a month. God’s Portion has allowed Donlee and his fellow church members to open a food bank one day every week, and they have partnered with several other ministries to provide food in Chehalis and Elma, as well as the Oakville community.
“We went into this ministry with the understanding that we wanted to help people, not enable them,” Donlee says. “We have seen an incredible impact in the community with the help we receive from God’s Portion to further the Kingdom of God.”
Water of Life provides both perishable and nonperishable goods, with God’s Portion providing all the fresh produce.
“Normally at a food bank you see canned goods, and you just don’t see a lot of fruits and vegetables,” Donlee explains. “It’s an opportunity to educate people how to eat healthier and a lot of people in our community have really learned a lot about cooking fresh and natural food, and it’s just wonderful to see their eyes opened up to a better way of living,” he says.
Donlee isn’t sure what the future holds or exactly what form their ministry will take in the coming months and years, because their organization is small and has only a few people carrying the burden of running their programs. Nevertheless, Donlee has faith that the work of feeding the community will continue. “God provides,” he says. “Every week, there’s enough and we’re able to give back financially to God’s Portion and other ministries,” he finishes. “We have been so blessed by this organization, and we pray to be able to continue to bring that blessing forward to hungry families throughout our region.”
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