Feed the Bodies
On Friday afternoons, Cruz de Cristo offers a soup kitchen to the people of Mahahual. Many children attend these meals, and often it is the best meal they receive all week. Deb Blackburn organizes the menu and logistics. Nutritious fare includes chicken, rice and vegetable soup, spaghetti, pozole, and pork and beans. We pray for opportunities to draw closer and share also the Bread of Life, Jesus.
Despensas are food kits which include staples such as rice, beans, cooking oil, sugar, cookies and coffee. One kit costs approximately $10 U.S. and feeds a family of four for four days. They are wonderful tools to show people that we care for their physical as well as spiritual needs. Through donations, the church is able to keep a number of despensas for use on an as-needed basis.
How does all of this fit into God’s plan to share His Love and news of salvation? It has opened doors to talk with people that I never could before – it has shown them that I love them, and their animals, regardless of their living conditions, addictions, or being “less than” most people feel they should be. It’s a very simple plan – show up, show them love and compassion, feed the animals, laugh and chat about how much the dogs look forward to seeing me. And, in most cases, the people have started going to Bible studies, coming along for a meal at the soup kitchen, and even attending church services on Sunday. How do you put a price on a bag of dog food –or a lost soul?!?"
"I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12