"...they shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for He who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them." - Isaiah 49:10
"I was touched deeply because at every turn, the food was being used to feed children and bless families. At every opportunity, the children, the school administrators, and our staff paused to first give thanks to the Lord, recognizing that it is from Him that their needs are being provided for."
Last October, IDES was blessed with the opportunity to inaugurate a relationship with a new mission partner in Haiti by sending more than 200,000 GAP meals, hand-packed and fund-raised by our volunteers. Now 5 months later, and the benefits are still being reaped in our partner's orphanages, schools, and church congregations.
"This has not only met a vital nutritional need for these children but their ability to concentrate and do well in school is more assured," our new partner reported.
The special aspect of the GAP Food-Packing Program is that it connects one directly with those receiving the meals on the other side of the world. Our fingerprints are left all over the bags and boxes, then shipped overseas to help the hungry and hurting, like sending a piece of one's very DNA along with the many hours of hard work and the many prayers. When all of those meals are packed specifically in Jesus' mighty name, it's almost like God's own fingerprints are all over the shipments, too.
Our new partner in Haiti continued, "The photos in these pictures are from our recent Child Care Clinic. Over 200 children were treated at the clinic that day (pictured above) and afterwards, each enjoyed a healthy nutritious meal! During the two weeks, 1,486 children were seen during 8 days of clinics and each received a hot prepared meal."
Whether at the annual clinic, orphanages, schools, or church meetings, the blessings were multiplying. But numbers aren't everything, of course. The rest of this article is a beautiful story of God's provision and willingness to use His children in Kingdom-work, quoted directly from the after-action report from our mission partner:
"Daily, needs are brought before our staff with families in dire situations. One of the most heartbreaking occurred four weeks ago. A man whose family had been living in a cave in the [rural mountainous area near one of our orphanages] came to us to ask for help. A few days prior, his wife was hanging out clothes to dry and fell down and passed away.... She left 5 children behind as well. Four of those children are being sponsored for Christian education there at our school. He asked for us to take two of his children into our orphanage.
We told him that we would first need to come visit him at his house to assess the situation more thoroughly. That next Saturday, we all loaded up our backpacks with clothing and as much of the IDES food as we could carry and began our hike up the mountain. This family had moved from a cave into a small home made out of sticks. They had nothing. No food, a few articles of clothing, one pan to cook with and a few bowls.
I’ve never seen poverty like this. During that next hour, there was prayer, loving on the children, and also teaching the oldest daughter how to cook the IDES meal. She steadied the pan on some rocks and built a small fire. We showed her how much water to put in, how long to cook it and then how to stir in the vitamin pack. Once it was done, the family gathered around to eat.
I was even more overwhelmed to see that a few of the neighborhood kids had gathered. One of the little boys who had just lost his mother walked over to the two boys who lived nearby and took a handful of his rice and offered it to them. They gratefully received and ate it. Sharing... Luke 3:11. They had so little but yet, they still shared. We do plan to take in the 2 small children into our orphanage and are awaiting the paperwork to be completed."
Praise God for His power and provision! We are all in this together. Please continue to keep all of IDES' mission partners in your prayers.