OTB's blog is a space where we share ideas, demonstrate how ministry efforts are multiplied, and share stories of individuals impacted in the community where OTB meals are served.
Outside the Bowl may not be able to feed every hungry person in Haiti, but as an act of obedience, we built a kitchen. We’re feeding the hungry. We’re doing our part to make a difference.
Hunger is a lot more complicated than our rumbling stomachs between meals. Malnutrition, undernutrition, and hunger all mean something slightly different. Learn about the Global Hunger Index and find out where Outside the Bowl countries are ranked.
Luis learned about OTB's Super Kitchen at a presentation where our solution to food insecurity was shared. He quickly realized that the kitchen could really meet the needs of some of his hungriest students. Out of the 300 students, 150 of them come from families that are able to provide. 100 students have enough to eat on a daily basis. Luis' concern was for the 50 students who daily went without food. Compelled, Luis knew he had to do something.
We’ve been celebrating significant events this month (10 years of OTB Super Kitchens). We’re keeping the festivities going as today marks the fourth birthday of our Mexicali Super Kitchen! On February 15, 2014 the doors of our fifth kitchen opened.
One of Outside the Bowl's values is to operate in a way that has the greatest social impact. Our Super Kitchens are having a positive impact on ministry partners, communities, and even the environment. One way we do this is through cutting back on food waste by purchasing "uglies."
What an exciting, yet sometimes challenging, year 2017 has been for Outside the Bowl. Together we are making progress toward a world in which all children and physically and spiritually nourished! We're celebrating the impact of the following numbers!
KITCHEN BUILDERS multiply ministries and create community change. Pastor Jose Luis and Cindy Pesina are experiencing this first hand. This dynamic couple pastor Gracia del Calvario, a church in Eastern Tijuana. Their model for ministry is a true reflection of the heart of Jesus.
Hunger is a complex and many-faceted tragedy that holds much of the world’s family in bondage. Because of the scope of hunger, many of us feel there is nothing that one person can do. However, each of us can make an impact on behalf of our hungry brothers and sisters. Read on to learn how.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer this month as we asked the Lord to provide solutions to our biggest challenge. Our prayers are being heard and answered in incredible ways! Click to read a few highlights.
Outside the Bowl knows the value of a home cooked meal. The price tag is so much greater than the nickels and dimes it costs to cook and distribute the food. As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate mom then by allowing children to experience love through food.
Outside the Bowl continues to be inspired at the way ministry partners use food as a tool to reach vulnerable people within their communities. Just across the border from Yuma, Arizona is the city of San Luis Rio Colorado. This border town has a large transient population but to La Casa del Alfarero each individual has a story. They are reaching out to those in need and in doing so are sharing the heart of Jesus. Read on to hear how meals from Outside the Bowl are helping La Casa del Alfarero share the gospel.
The least of these. The orphaned, the widowed, the strangers. Or the young, the old, the vulnerable. For each of us, the title of the least of these probably brings to mind different groups of people. Those being impacted by drought in Somalia, the Haitian farmer who lost his crops to the wind and rain of Hurricane Matthew, the refugee fleeing all that was familiar in hopes of safety and a better tomorrow.
I had never seen it before.
After moving to Tijuana, Camila and her mother found support and motivation at Ejercito de Salvación to continue on. Camila, a ﬁve year old, once suffered from severe malnutrition but is now completely restored thanks to Outside the Bowl’s nutritious meals. And her mother’s broken spirit is now lifted because of the love and support found at Ejercito de Salvación. Their situation has changed so much, that she is even pursuing a college education to be able to provide a better tomorrow for her daughter Camila.
Outside the Bowl kitchens employ people who are passionate about taking an active role in caring for communities and sharing God's love. This blog series introduce you to those individuals bringing you their stories. We truly are a global team and look forward to helping you get to know these amazing team members who make our work possible.
Introducing: Brian, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Fundación Fuerzas Especiales de Jesucristo (FEJ) is a very powerful all-male ministry group focused on reaching out with the message of Christ to the most vulnerable population; homeless, migrants, and people living in marginalized areas. They are a community group constituted from different churches, and their story moves from a God-given vision to action; from streets, to prison cells to the darkest places of the city.
The past Wednesday our seventh kitchen in Jalisco, Mexico had it's Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony! Our OTB Mexico staff was joined by our San Diego staff and board members, Mexico ministry partners, church leaders, and community leaders. It was a wonderful celebration filled with hope and anticipation for the work God will do in the coming months and years in and through our kitchens.
Outside the Bowl's kitchens employ in-country nationals who are passionate about taking an active role in caring for their communities and sharing God's love. This blog series will introduce them to you and bring you their stories. We are truly a global team and we look forward to helping you get to know these amazing team members who make our work possible.
Introducing: Ron from Port au Prince, Haiti
This week we are joyfully celebrating the completion of the George, South African Super Kitchen! This project has been a challenging one. We endured shipping delays, rain (LOTS of rain) and theft however, we stayed focused on God's provision through it all and couldn't be happier to see it finally finished!
Last Saturday our family of four headed south of the border for Outside the Bowl’s first-ever family day trip. Our adventure started bright and early when we met up with 14 other families, loaded up on a comfortable coach bus, and began the 100 mile journey. Although we didn’t all know each other, we all had two things in common: we love Outside the Bowl and wanted to spend a day learning more about this ministry and sharing the experience with our kids.