When Julissa and her husband started their family, they were homeless, and Julissa prayed for a new home and a safe place to raise her girls. Year after year they shuffled from one miserable, unstable shack to another. Before they received a new Food For The Poor house, they lived in a shack pieced together with metal, wood and bed sheets that leaked badly. The children were terrified of windy rainstorms and knew a storm at night would mean no sleep.
Now, Heidi, 6, and Medelin, 11, sleep peacefully through the night. They can study for school without worrying about their beds, clothing and school papers getting soaked from violent rainstorms. Thanks to Food For The Poor (FFTP) and its donors, the entire family has peace of mind and the new house has answered Julissa’s prayers.
Calixta Struggled to Raise Her Three Grandchildren
In Guatemala, Calixta, 68, and her three grandchildren struggled each day to survive. Their home was just a dilapidated, zinc shack that flooded when it rained.
The water poured in through the rusted roof and under the walls, soaking everyone and turning the dirt floor into a muddy mess. The water also brought disease-carrying mosquitoes that often made the children sick. Despite her constant struggle, Calixta’s faith in God’s love and mercy remained strong. She prayed night and day for His help.
“If God lets us, we will see a new house because He is the owner of our lives,” she said.
Thanks to God and the kind heartedness of Food For The Poor donors, Calixta’s prayers were answered. Their new FFTP home now keeps them safe and dry.
Food For the Poor Has Been Answering Prayers for 40 Years
Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mahfood established Food For The Poor in Florida on February 12, 1982. The organization initially sent resources to his homeland of Jamaica, where he witnessed firsthand the plight of people suffering from poverty, disease and the impact of natural disasters.
Today, Food For The Poor does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. They also provide emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance.
You Can Be the Answer to a Prayer
Seven Saves, a new program being offered through Food For The Poor, is a church-based initiative that feeds young souls and transforms their communities in the name of Jesus. Seven Saves provides you with planning, resources, and church-wide elements with no commitment of church budget. It’s an easy way to get involved and be the answer to a prayer.
Seven Saves is good for the poor, but also makes good things happen in your church like the shared goals that build community and keep your congregation working together and actively invested in outcomes. Learn more about how to get involved at Sevensaves.org.