Not just a meal
By Kelly Mouisset
Pull up near the homeless shelter near downtown Lafayette on a Thursday evening and you will be amazed by what you see—the hands and feet of God. Hope and Dennis LeCompte have been blessing others with food and love for years, but this past January they turned their hearts’ desires into a mission for God. Every other Thursday evening after working all day, they rush home to finish preparing a home cooked meal to feed between forty to sixty men, women and children in the downtown area. Their fire-truck-red Dodge Durango, lovingly called “Inferno,” or “Fernie” for short, is now associated with a delicious, home-cooked meal.
Of course, they do not do this alone. They have people from all walks of life, different denominations and ages that meet in Youngsville to fill up “to-go” plates to serve downtown. On nights that they do not serve meals, you will find them and their “Love with Action” partners sitting around working on different projects to use for outreach events. They collected glass bottles for months in order to decorate them for Mother’s Day, fill them with flowers and deliver them to all the women in a local nursing home. In June, they prepared over 85 bird feeders to give to the men for Father’s Day.
Love with Action was built on a calling to show God’s love to others. What began as a gesture of hope and love has turned into what they consider time with “family.” As Hope so humbly put it, “We feed them a meal, but it comes with a message of love, hope and faith. It has become so much more than food.”
If you are looking for a way for you and your family to reach out and help this summer, you can reach them at Love with Action at (985) 381-3771 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are always in need of food supplies, containers, toiletries and blankets.