Project #4 is our school lunch program. This one’s very close to our hearts. Rehoboth Ministries is presently serving over 1,300 students, staff, and cooks two hot meals a week. To say this s-t-re-t-c-h-e-s our faith to the limit is an understatement! The picture to the left is of the students at our largest school in Petite-Anse. This does not include the other two schools in Belle Hôtesse and Sainte-Philomène. The school in this picture has around 1,000 students, so this gives you an idea of the size of the task we have undertaken. It’s a God-sized vision!
The burden to restore the feeding program was initiated at Faith Temple Church in Alexander City, Alabama, which is overseen by MFI Pastors Dick and Sandra Stark. When the members of their congregation learned that we had children coming to school hungry and that some of them even fainted from hunger in class, they determined to do something to help alleviate the suffering. The church began to send offerings every month to help and still continues to do so. Even their Kids Alive group got involved and started raising money for the Haitian school kids.
Since then, other partners have joined the effort and are sending monthly pledges to help as well.We have been able to maintain the feeding program for two years. However, due to rising cost of food in Haiti, the prices in the marché (public market) have skyrocketed. It is now costing just over $5,000 a month to keep things going. Due to other vital needs such as construction projects, salaries for the teachers for all three schools, as well as the teachers in our Bible institute, it is tempting to look the other way and abandon this project. However, we truly believe the Lord laid this burden on the hearts of the wonderful folks at Faith Temple and that His heart is toward the pitiful cries of these children.
We cannot do this alone. We need your help. If you are not already doing so, would you make a monthly pledge to help keep this program operating? We continually remind the Lord in prayer that he fed the Israelites a meal EVERY DAY in the desert. We are trusting him to mobilize people of great faith to help us feed these precious children TODAY. Will you make a difference in a child’s life?
If you choose to partner with us, there is a beautiful scripture tucked away in Proverbs 22:9 that’s just for you:
“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.”
Will you help?