Since the fifty seven orphans moved into Congo for Christ Center (CCC) over four years ago, your generous donations, through monthly sponsorships and other gifts, have enabled us to provide lunch and dinner for the children. The children have grown and are now much healthier than when they first arrived. The two daily meals consist mainly of rice and beans and even though it must be a monotonous diet, the children are thankful to be fed on a regular basis.
The children have grown and are now much healthier than when they first arrived.
Many times over these past four years Pastor Jeremiah has requested we also provide breakfast for the children. The standard breakfast in Congo consists of bread and a cup of tea. Sadly, most of the time we have not had the funds to meet this very basic need of providing the children some type of nutrition before going to school. Currently, they have nothing to eat until after school which gets out at 1:00 in the afternoon.
As reported in last month’s newsletter, we have started a weekly feeding program to provide lunch for the community children in addition to the CCC orphans.
We have started a weekly feeding program to provide lunch for the community children and orphans.
This wonderful outreach required that we provide funds to expand the kitchen to meet the demands of feeding over 500 children at a time. The previous cooking area had collapsed which led Pastor Jeremiah to secure the services of a man with expertise in building kitchens. We asked Pastor Jeremiah to find out if he could also build an oven for baking bread, and quickly learned, to our delight, it would be possible.
Pastor Jeremiah shared the following concerning this opportunity:
“On Friday night we had an overnight prayer and on Saturday at 2 pm we had another prayer session for the center. For sure we were able to pray for these needs of a baking oven and completing the kitchen so that God may help them have breakfast. While we were praying, the children cried to God in pain. May God bless you, Mama Renee, for listening to this burden we have for the children to have a baking oven and the cooking stove. When the children will see the baking oven being built for sure they will celebrate for what God has done.”
We are so happy and thankful to report that the oven has been built and will soon be put to good use.
We are so happy and thankful to report that the oven has been built and will soon be put to good use. The plan is to bake 490 loaves of bread per week. To begin the bakery there are additional one time start-up costs as well as the ongoing cost to bake the bread. A two-room addition to the kitchen is needed to provide a place to knead the dough as well as store the bread and a small room to store firewood so it will be dry and available for use.
The plan is to bake 490 loaves of bread per week.
The cost to complete this room is $735. An additional $695 is needed for baking pans, mixing bowls, tables and shelves to store the bread. Any donations towards these costs will be greatly appreciated. Eleven of the orphans and current staff members have been designated to learn how to bake the bread. Providing breakfast will not require hiring additional staff.
11 of the orphans and current staff members have been designated to learn how to bake the bread.
Many of you already sponsor one or more children at CCC and your monthly gifts go directly to buy the food for their lunch and dinner. It will cost $7 per month to cover the cost of breakfast for one child. Perhaps some of you would consider becoming a “Breakfast Sponsor” and a monthly gift of $35 would provide breakfast for 5 children. Your generous monthly gift can be the answer to these children’s prayer for breakfast!￼
What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:9,11
Blog Post Adapted From Global Outreach Inc May 2016 Newsletter
Volume 31 Issue 05