Williamsburg's Homeless & Indigent

P.O. Box 366, Lightfoot, VA 23090
Office: 757-561-3255
"Assisting people in re-gaining hope and a better way of life."

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Genesis 43:4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food

No Williamsburg does not have a famine occurring, but there are several families in our area that go hungry weekly, cut back on other important expenses to buy food, or pray for assistance from other resources. Are there enough resources in our area? My opinion, no! So, other than my computer being up and down due to being hit during one of our storms, we have been busy preparing for God latest gift: to help serve food, at our cost, to people in the Lightfoot, Croaker, Toano and Norge area.

This past Thursday was our first day of serving the Lord and people. It went well for a first day. We served 6 families (which was made up of a total of 26 people.) A total of 350 lbs was distributed during the 2 hours. Each family received 4 nights of meat, can goods, breakfast bread and sandwich bread, dry milk, 5 lbs of potatoes and corn. Our meats for the meals consisted of packages of bacon, hot dogs with buns, an 8 lb bag of rock fish, pork sausage rolls, and pasta with pasta sauce. We also gave out 20 Bibles, children toys and books.

The biggest population we are trying to reach out to is the Latino residents in our area. The language barrier in the past has become a problem. By God's grace, we know several people who can assist in translating for us, my husband being one of them. On Thursday, we had 23% of people being Hispanic. We pray it will be more next week.

What makes this ministry different than many others we have known throughout? Weekly we will have Pastors, Deacons, and Christian Counselors on hand in case somebody needs a person to speak with for guidance or if they are going through a crisis at the moment other than food. Also, we were given a $500 grant from the International Bible Society and ordered enough Bibles to have on hand for people who are visually challenged (the large print Bibles), people who predominately speak Spanish and small pocket Bibles. My friend and hairdresser has pledged to come one Thursday a month to give free haircuts and the first one is Sept. 2nd for children getting ready for school.

Praise God, for He is the Great Provider! He found us a way into the FoodBank so we could help others, since we have to buy all the food we will be giving away out of our own money.


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