CELEBRATING TEN YEARS!
In February 2008, Jae and Debra Evans opened the doors of the first Super Kitchen. What started as one centralized kitchen in Paarl, South Africa, has grown to a network of Super Kitchens around the world!
Jae and Debra moved to South Africa in 2005 to invest in the lives of people living in marginalized communities. Debra shares, "I just wanted to bring God's Word. I didn't want to bring food." After time they realized the importance of food for ministry and setting children up for successful futures. Debra and some of the Xhosa mommas started fixing hundreds of servings of soup in the community center where they ran their programs. In 2007, Chris Brown visited the Evans in South Africa. Seeing how food was multiplying their ministry efforts, he returned home and raised the funds for the first Super Kitchen, a concept Jae had designed to mass produce hot, nutritious meals.
Reflecting on the past ten years Jae shares, "We had no intention to start Outside the Bowl. We were set on staying in South Africa for life but God had different plans." Jae credits Chris for the start of Outside the Bowl which became an official nonprofit a few years later. Chris had commented, "This kitchen thing is working. Where else should we take it?" A little closer to home yet with extreme needs were Haiti and Mexico. It is incredibly inspiring to look back on ten years of the Lord's prompting which has led to 8 Super Kitchens producing millions of meals which are transforming futures for thousands of individuals around the world.
Join us for weekend services in The Edge at North Coast Church the weekend of February 10-11 as we celebrate 10 years of feeding the hungry ... body and soul. Special edition t-shirts and branded Mexican blankets will be available for purchase!
ADDING TO OTB'S BOTTOM LINE:
Economic . Social . Environment . Gospel
Many companies today are shifting from focusing only on the financial bottom line to a triple-bottom line approach. Outside the Bowl operates with the goal of having a positive impact on the economy while being socially and environmentally responsible. Being financially sustainable, buying local, using clean energy, paying taxes, taking care of our international staff are ways in which this plays out.
Outside the Bowl has an additional aspect to our bottom line: the Gospel. Jae and Debra's purpose for moving to South Africa was to disciple youth. They quickly learned that in some households, children were the last to eat and often went without food. Many teens were not graduating from high school. The cause went back to being malnourished as children. God shifted the Evan's hearts and they started a feeding program. But they quickly learned that food is a ministry multiplier as the number of youth showing up went from 40 kids to 400!
Sometimes, as Matthew 25 reminds us, sharing a bowl of soup is sharing the Good News. Sometimes it earns you the right to share the Gospel. These kids now had a place to belong, to be disciple, and to experience the love of Jesus.
Today, Outside the Bowl partners with more than 300 feeding partners. We pray that every meal produced in an OTB Super Kitchen and served by a partner is an expression of the love of Jesus and that they will ultimately open hearts to hear the Good News of our Lord. And we count that as a business win for OTB.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Outside the Bowl's signature events return for 2018. Save these dates on your calendar!
Banquet & Auction
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
Tea for a Reason
The Edge, North Coast Church
If you would like to share about OTB with your friends and family outside of these events, consider hosting a Super Kitchen Supper. All the resources to make it a fun and memorable evening are on our website. You can even try some OTB Super Kitchen recipes!
Thank you for making the past 10 years possible. It is because of our dynamic network of supporters, prayer warriors, cooks, account managers, delivery drivers, and ministry partners that 17 million meals have reached those who are hungry around the world. These meals are changing futures and eternities.
Thank you for being a part of OTB's story!
The OTB Global Family