If your pantry was empty, your children hungry, your electricity cut off for nonpayment,
and you saw no prospect of support, what would you do? For a decade in a rural Tennessee
community, you went to a shabby building behind a church and found Laura Willis.
Running a program to help the needy, Laura discovered a world of people she never
knew: the lonely and unemployed, chronically poor families, and middle-class folks surprised to
be struggling in a great recession. And to each, she offered a bag of groceries, a compassionate
ear, and a heart of love.
Taking a tiny food pantry and watching it
grow to feed hundreds, Laura learned about her own hunger for God and began to discern her own
spiritual directions, learning how her calling card—a bag of groceries—could be a gift to others
and to herself of abundance and grace.