No one should have to worry about how they’ll feed their children. No one.
In Africa, extreme poverty makes accessibility to food difficult or, in some cases, impossible. Donna’s first trip was during a long dry season that followed a particularly short rainy season. Because the rains had been insufficient to nourish the crops, families found themselves without food.
Churches and individuals in the U.S. donated money for famine relief and the team purchased grain by the truck load. As they drove out to the villages to deliver the grain, villagers welcomed them with open arms. The first person who got a bag of grain was an elderly woman who was the forth wife of a man who had recently passed away. She had several children to feed and no husband to provide for them. When her eldest son and the missionary lugged in the 100 pound bag of grain, she lay down across the bag and began to cry. Then she got up on her knees and thanked the missionaries over and over for giving life back to her family. The missionaries tried to explain that it was not from them but a gift from the body of Christ in the United States, but she wasn’t worried about who had sent it. All she knew was that she could now feed her children
For food distribution, we work with local families to find areas of need. When we bring food and food supplies out to families, we are able to establish a friendship. Friendship leads to trusting relationships, and trusting relationships lead to opportunities to share the Gospel. Each bag of grain and shipment of food is prayed over before it is given out and every recipient is told about Christ. No one should have to worry about how they’ll feed their kids, and no one should miss the opportunity to hear about Jesus.
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.’“ – John 6:35