PROVIDING MEALS IN DEVASTATED MEXICO CITY
This past month we watched in anticipation as Hurricane Matthew spun through the Caribbean. Preparations were made in our Port-au-Prince kitchen and the capital of Haiti hunkered down expecting the worst but hoping for the best. This main urban area was spared. Yet it seemed like threat after threat kept coming as we traversed the alphabet naming new tropical storms and hurricanes.
And then the unforeseen natural disaster hit Mexico in the form of earthquakes. The epicenters were further south than Outside the Bowl's operations but for our staff in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Jalisco, the safety of family, friends, and countrymen and women was a big concern.
Although OTB does not currently do disaster relief, we were able to pay for hot, nutritious meals to feed people in need in Mexico City. Just last weekend Development Director Felipe Gonzalez traveled to the capital to assess need and figure out how OTB could be a part of the great work being done by organizations such as Operación Bendición.
YOU AND OUTSIDE THE BOWL HELPED FEED FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE WHO HAD LOST EVERYTHING FOLLOWING THE EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO CITY. You may be asking yourself, "I don't remember receiving a financial appeal." And you're right, we didn't send one but the funds were available because of a new program we've been piloting in Tijuana.
Manufacturing largely drives Tijuana's economy. Workers are drawn to this border town with the promise of jobs. In fact, there are so many factories looking to hire workers that businesses are offering perks to keep their employees. For more than a month now, Outside the Bowl has been taking our hot, nutritious meals to the lunchrooms of Cal-Mil's factories. Workers sign up and pay a small amount. The factory pays a percentage. What we're most excited about is that not only are these adults getting a healthy meal but through this program, a percentage of what is paid goes to sponsoring meals for the most vulnerable in their community and country.
It is from this pool of money that the meals in Mexico City were paid for! The factory meal sponsorship program is a creative solution to increasing kitchen productivity, getting food to those who need it most, all while increasing the sustainability of OTB's operations.
Felipe shares that as he heard the news of the earthquake, with tears streaming down his face, he asked God why. The next morning business owners and government officials were asking Felipe to step in and help. You see, people trust Felipe. He is known and his reputation is one full of integrity. He shares, "Sometimes God puts us in the right place at the right time just like Joseph and Daniel in the Bible. He gives us favor and allows us to rise up and be the hands of Jesus to those in need."
Thank you for allowing Outside the Bowl to be in the right place at the right time to be able to assist those hurting in the face of destruction.
This Friday, Felipe will be sharing more at Outside the Bowl's annual banquet. Join us!
BANQUET & AUCTION
Outside the Bowl's
Banquet & Auction
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
October 6, 2017
5:30 p.m. silent auction & hosted wine reception
7:00 p.m. dinner & program including an update from
Pastor Chris Brown
Proceeds go to feeding the hungry ... body & soul
Justice Film Festival
Sheen Center, New York City
October 6-8, 2017
Outside the Bowl is excited to be part of the Social Good Market at the Justice Film Festival. Film schedule and event details (including guest speakers) can be found on the Sheen Center's website.
Thank you for your continued support and engagement that is making a difference through this dynamic international ministry. Because of you, Outside the Bowl's Super Kitchens are providing food for thousands in Mexico, Haiti, and South Africa.
The OTB Global Family