So for the past 2 weeks, every Thursday and Friday the food kitchen has been open. We serve approx 70 meals each day and are looking to increase that by about 10-20 in the coming weeks. Next year…we will open 4 days per week – at least that is God’s plan!
No one has gotten sick from eating the food! Everyone comes back for more and nothing is left on their plates when they are finished!
It has been such a great experience getting to know these people little by little. They are fast becoming part of “my family” here in Llama. I see them walking in the street and at the comedor. They are a part of my everyday life.
This young lady pulled me over to talk last week and with tears in her eyes thanked me for opening the comedor and providing support for “those of us who have been forgotten.” I put my forehead to hers and we just stayed like that for a few seconds. In that short time I felt overwhelmed and blessed……it’s not me that provided this place for the elders – it is the Lord. I get to be on the front lines thanks to your donations and support.
Delfina lives in the other part of the house where the comedor is located. She was embarrassed to eat here because she didn’t want anyone to know she was in “need.” So she eats in the kitchen as we prepare and serve the food and always washes the dishes. She won’t have it any other way. It was a process to get her to open up – and she did finally. Now we are rewarded with her beautiful simle. She feels she is “earning” her meal by washing dishes and that gives her “value.” And yes she washes the dishes while squatting on the ground using buckets of water to rinse off the dish soap. Water that she retrieves from a barrel. When there is no rain the water to the city is turned on only a couple of times a day and everyone makes sure to collect water for the day.
Even Pastor Julio gets involved serving and cleaning up.
It’s a great project and something I look forward to with great anticipation every week. Can’t imagine my life without it and not sure why this endeavor didn’t happen sooner? Timing…
It’s all about the “timing” In His Mighty Grip,