Outside the Bowl's vision is a world where all children are physically and spiritually nourished. As far too many people experience hunger every day, Outside the Bowl is working to get food to those who need it most. Read on to learn more!
MEXICALI MINISTERING TO THE VULNERABLE
Kingdom living challenges believers to live not as the world does but in a way that seems backwards and unnatural. Throughout Scripture we find the Lord challenging believers to stand up for the vulnerable and meet the physical needs of those who are hurting.
Jesus sets an example for us and follows in the footsteps of his father. Psalm 146: 7-9 says,
"He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked."
In May, Outside the Bowl's Mexicali Super Kitchen participated in a program that ministers to women who are in prison. Twice a year, a full-days program is organized for these women including building relationships, sharing the Gospel, distributing care packages, and eating together. Because OTB takes care of the food, this ministry can focus on relationships rather than cooking. What a beautiful reflection of being the hands and feet of Jesus!
THE GLOBAL FOOD EXPERIENCE
Hunger is a daily reality for millions around the world. Yet our "struggle" is typically what's for dinner or where to meet friends for a meal. Outside the Bowl would like to invite you to THE GLOBAL FOOD EXPERIENCE, an event designed to open our eyes to how the majority of the world eats. Come for dinner. Walk away with a new perspective.
THE EDGE at NORTH COAST CHURCH
JULY 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
This event is designed to get families talking about hunger around the world. Luck of the draw will determine what socio-economic level you will represent for the evening including what you will eat (additional food will be available following the program portion of the evening).
This family-focused event is suitable for upper elementary through high school children. Cost is $5 per person and $20 maximum for families. Please register by July 5 for planning purposes. An optional screening of Living on One Dollar will start at 8:00.
HOPE FOR HUNGER
Enough food is produced to feed all 7 billion of us who inhabit the earth. But every night, one out of nine people go to bed with empty stomachs. Hunger is a crisis plaguing 815 million people. Zero Hunger is one of the the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals set to be accomplished by 2030. Will we be able to accomplish this goal?
Since 2000, notable progress has been made. According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI),
those facing hunger has fallen by 27 percent. The GHI uses four indicators to measure hunger: undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality, ranking countries on a 100 point scale (visit our blog to learn more). In each country where OTB is operating, hunger has decreased!
One of the most influential factors that perpetuates hunger is wealth inequality. For low-income populations, adequate nutrition becomes a struggle. Without proper nutrition, lack of energy and focus keeps individuals from thriving. This cycle is likely to continue unless interventions that provide solutions disrupt this cyclical trap.
Outside the Bowl focuses on getting food to disadvantaged populations. This most often looks like partnering with ministries that serve school children, the elderly, or the homeless in the communities where OTB Super Kitchens are located. Outside the Bowl's hot, nutritious meals over time are breaking the cycle. We pray that each bowl, served in the name of Jesus, offers hope for a different tomorrow.
In order for all of us to better understand the global hunger crisis, Outside the Bowl is hosting THE GLOBAL FOOD EXPERIENCE. Join us on July 9.
Consider joining us for THE GLOBAL HUNGER EXPERIENCE to learn more about how Outside the Bowl is helping people overcome hunger.
Thank you for being a part of this effort that is feeding the hungry ... body and soul.
The OTB International Family
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Upcoming OTB Events
The Global Food Experience: July 9
Outside the Bowl Gala: October 12
Tea for a Reason: December 1