The Noodle Ministry, an Act of Kindness.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

The Noodle Ministry, a strange name for a ministry but a ministry that serves the lowest of the low in today's society. The Noodle Ministry gives hope to the incarcerated who have no money, no dignity, and in most cases a crippling addiction to drugs.

The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 NIV

The goal of the Noodle Ministry is to let those it serves know that God, their Creator, loves them and that life is worth living without a habit that seeks to destroy them.

The Noodle Ministry may not be able to share God’s Word with them at first, but we show God’s love by providing them with food and clothing. Of course, when they request it, we share God’s Word too.

The Noodle Ministry is a 501©(3) Organization determined to be a public charity by the IRS and is carried out through the Ward County Detention Center with the blessing (and encouragement) of the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

The recipients of the Noodle Ministry are indigent prisoners (those who have no self or outside financial support).

We provide these indigent prisoners with:

1) A snack during the 12-hour span between diner and breakfast.

2) A pair of ordinary white tube socks.

3) A Bible or Bible study materials if requested. The Noodle Ministry is a simple concept based on God’s instruction to all of us Christians: “feed and clothe the poor”. A simple yet effective ministry as evidenced by the number of thank you notes we receive and the popularity of the program with both those who receive the gifts as well as the staff at the Ward County Detention Center who administer the distribution of the gifts.

I started The Noodle Ministry in 2019 after reading a front page headline of an acquaintance arrested for armed robbery, assaulting an officer with with a deadly weapon (gun) and possession of a large amount of narcotics. This was a petite young lady and mother of two. I wrote her in jail and asked for the whole story which was very interesting. Her family abandoned her after her arrest and her greatest need at the time was food. Not that the jail doesn't provide three meals but they are small portions and there is a 12 hour gap that they do not get food unless they pay for a snack. She and many others (aprox 30%) have no money to purchase a snack. I will share more if you are interested but that is it for this post.

This post is part one of three into a challenge by Dr. Paula McDonald and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist entitled Acts of Kindness / Sharing  Love & Joy This Holiday Season.

If you would like to give to the Noodle Ministry please scan the code below.

The Noodle Ministry is a 501©(3) Organization determined to be a public charity by the IRS and is carried out through the Ward County Detention Center with the blessing (and encouragement) of the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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Comments (33)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I agree Brian England . While they do get 3 meals a day I believe they get the absolute minimum calories allowed by law. They have diner at 4:00 in the afternoon and have to wait to 4:00 AM for breakfast. In the meantime those with money eat snacks they get at the commissary in front of them. I have met some of these indigent (without money) prisoners and many do not have an ounce of fat on them because they were also broke on the outside and got their meals from dumpsters.

Dec 08, 2023 05:53 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

That’s just as good for life as it is for business! Amen to that! Love and light and all the best!

Dec 08, 2023 11:51 PM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Your ministry is an inspiration to me.  God bless.

Dec 09, 2023 11:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Laura Cerrano . The Noodle Ministry doesn't bring me any business but as you say it's good for life.

Dec 09, 2023 12:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Cool! I am humbled and filled with joy that I have inspired you MaryKay Shumway . God's blessings to you as well.

Dec 09, 2023 12:59 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

I had no idea you were involved with such a kind group, let alone it's founder. Good for you Bob.

Dec 09, 2023 02:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'm blushing Dana Hollish Hill 😊 . The charity was easy to get going and I ran it for years with 90% of the expenses coming out of my pocket but I decided if it were to continue I needed the help of others so I incorporated it as a 501C3 just this year. That did not magically bring in donations but at least people know that it is a real thing as recognized by the IRS.

Dec 09, 2023 02:32 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

This ministry speaks through your heart to others, Bob. This is a wonderful way to give and hopefully inspire criminals in taking a different route than the previous one!

Dec 09, 2023 03:08 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Exactly Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I believe the majority of those who are incarcerated are there because of a chemical dependency. 

Dec 09, 2023 03:49 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Bob,

Great post and even greater job Bob!! Wow that is so fantastic of you. That's a great ministry. There are so many people that are in jails or living on the street due to drugs or mental illness with no or very little help, it's so sad to see. I am sure you and your ministry are a real blessing to them. I'm sorry for the loss of your brother.  

Thank you Bob. 

Dec 09, 2023 07:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Steve Higgins . You are right on about those living on the street and drugs and/or a drug habit. My brother lived much longer than I expected considering his life style.

Dec 10, 2023 05:36 AM
Steve Higgins

Especially with how toxic drugs are now a days it's surprising that some can keep on going. 

Dec 10, 2023 05:42 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I have a friend (who I posted about in a rant on the parole/probation system) that is totally owned by meth Steve Higgins . She can't get out of bed before noon, any money she gets is quickly spent on "medicine" and she just blames everyone for the mess(s) she is in. At this point I don't think she could ever hold a job because she can not be told what to do... she blows up with profanities and hurts every/any one who cares. And of course she has to have a cigarette every 10 minutes. It's such a shame because she had a people person personality and is/was as beautiful as any model/actress I've ever seen. Again, the drug totally owns her.

Dec 16, 2023 05:49 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent

That's inspiring to read.  Spreading God's word and providing even the basics of basics to show love.  Amazing.

Dec 10, 2023 05:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Chris Griffith . Sometimes it's a struggle to keep up but then when someone steps up to help with either a donation of noodles or money to purchase noodles it's really a great feeling.

Dec 10, 2023 05:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bob:

What a very kind and thoughtful organization, and a wonderful gift for those in need at the Ward County Detention Center. What a blessing you are.

Jeff

Dec 11, 2023 08:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS . When I get a thank you letter from a prisoner it makes it all worth while.

Dec 12, 2023 06:35 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

The Noodle Ministry sounds like a very worthwhile organization, Bob "RealMan" Timm. Helping someone who has nothing is a wonderful thing to do.

Dec 16, 2023 05:30 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Especially someone who has no hope or dignity left John Juarez . I want them to know they were created in God's image and HE cares as well as those who support the Noodle Ministry cares. 

Dec 16, 2023 05:41 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Bob,

That is so very sad for her and all those that love her. Such a waste of a life, I just can't understand why anyone wants to travel down that path. Unfortunately they do and sometimes there is no return for them. I'm glad they have you looking out for them Bob.

Dec 18, 2023 06:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I don't know what sent her down that path (or why anyone would go down that path) Steve Higgins but meth owns those who use it and only a true miracle could bring her back. I keep praying for that miracle.

Dec 18, 2023 06:52 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Bob, Food for the needy is always a good thing to do.  You are doing great things.

Jan 01, 2024 04:41 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Gloria Todor . I have found that this population is largely ignored and swept under the rug by society. I want the lowest of the low to know that God loves them and they are not beyond redemption.

Jan 02, 2024 06:38 AM