We gathered over 120 needy individuals – both adults and children – in a small local church hall; and then invited each one to come browse the boxes of clothes, as a sort of free “shop.” Men, women, and children were all able to pick out items, and if they fit, take them home! From tops, pants, socks, jackets, blankets, baby clothes, curtains, handbags, and more, all went away with several items, and many grateful tears were shed. We also set out pairs of donated shoes, which were divided to the most needy.
Shockingly, we found out that just the night before, a fire had completely destroyed several shacks, affecting seven individuals. These poor families had literally lost all their belongings except the clothes on their backs. Thankfully, we were able to go quickly back to base and load up a gas stove, pots & pans, blankets, furniture, and other needed household items for them. It was a real example of the Lord’s perfect timing, as if we hadn’t been there that day, we may never even have heard about these poor ones’ plight.
All in all, this event was a great blessing to so many, and we are so so thankful for all of you who make the continued ministry possible!