Again, when this soup ministry started, the Methodist church supported it and they had 4 teams of cooks who would rotate Saturdays to make the soup. Over time, the teams became individuals, then it became only two individuals. At the same time, the church dwindled and, except for some support from an ex-pat, the cooks had to fund the food themselves. Audrey is one of those ladies and she cooks every other week. We have given some assistance to her for this over the years, but Audrey and Tamaula no longer have the income to support it. So, we supply most of the financial support for this.
Then, across the street from Audrey is Ms. Patsy Lindsay, a fine Christian lady who was once our landlord. Patsy's church, the Port Morant Wesleyan Church is bigger and more vibrant (pre-Covid). They have a soup kitchen team that cooks every Tuesday in her front yard. This team serves approximately 100 people which includes almost everyone in Ms. Audrey's group plus many more. In the past, the church has provided most of their support, but over the last two years, we have been helping some. Now, with the churches not meeting, there is no offering so they had to stop the soup kitchen. Once, when we heard this, Isaiahsixeight stepped in. This is a vital service to many extremely poor people in the area. By our calculation, they are buying the food, cooking it, boxing it, and delivering it at a cost of about $1.34 US per meal. So, effective the third week of August, Isaiahsixeight is now funding all the money for this soup kitchen until the church can start meeting again. Even then, we suspect we may need to help some until the economy recovers.
So, your financial gifts are being used to feed some very needy people in an extremely financially, efficient manner. So, as you, our partners are being a blessing to others, so you are blessed!