Food and basic needs for the poor.

by Voice Of the Bride Ministries
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Food and basic needs for the poor.
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Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.
Food and basic needs for the poor.

Project Report | Jan 4, 2021
Photo of the Year

By J Wayne Kiger-Rice | Director/Founder/Project Leader

As we reflect over this past year, and all that has gone on in the world, this photo stood out to us for many reasons. Wayne sees this dear elderly woman every week in Tijuana. She is always in the street just in front of her house, always standing with two brooms that are worn down to the last bristles. She sweeps little piles of street dust, dirt, leaves, and tree budding flowers that fall. She is always there and always doing the same. Wayne had noticed her along his route often but never stopped, to avoid alarming her.  But, earlier this past year, he stopped and gave her some bread and a little pastry. Though you can’t see her delightful smile behind the mask we provided her, she has the kindest face, and is so grateful to have Wayne stop now, each week. In attempting to talk with her, he discovered that she is not fully capable of mental faculties, whether due to aging, or something else. He has not yet been able to even determine her name. Wayne maintains a safe distance, due to pandemic, thus sitting and visiting with her longer,  is not possible right now.  As best we can tell, she lives at the top of a narrow and steep, very old, concrete staircase. Many collected items, perhaps of significant importance to her, are stacked along the way, and into the entrance of her home.  To watch how carefully she comes down the last couple of steps, it is hard to imagine how she climbs up them. In ongoing effort to maintain safe distance, we don’t wish to burden her with a heavy load to carry up. This is often a struggle, when wondering how much more she might need. She seems healthy, and well groomed, and at times a neighbor will nod or smile as we drive off, so it would seem that she is watched over in her colonia. The red sweater in the photo and scarf around her neck, appeared in recent, cooler days, so she seems to be either provided for or able to look after herself. We also came to realize that the brooms, while equipping her in sweeping up the daily grime of a busy crowded street and dusty hillsides, also keep her steady on her feet, as she has difficulty walking. She always takes a brief rest on the stoop, when Wayne arrives, to see what delights may be in her specially packed food bag. 

This sweet woman, represents many around the world, whether impoverished, or among riches. Many of whom are likely isolated, at this time. Many are unable to communicate, not even with a simple smile or expression, veiled behind a mask. Some may even be forced to use whatever resources are on hand to stand steady. Perhaps some have little to do, but tend to unending tasks, so as to pass the time, each day. Those we may never even meet or know about whom we intercede for. Wayne is convinced that God is very near this precious lady, as He is to many in these situations. We hope to encourage you that God IS near you in your current circumstances. Even if you feel alone. But we also know that He asks us to be His hands and feet. If you are not already doing so, reach out to a neighbor. Check in on one another. Show kindness to a stranger whose name you might not even know. But know that the King will say to you:  

      “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”.    [Matthew 25:40]

 

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Voice Of the Bride Ministries

Location: Liberty, NC - USA
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Twitter: @Voiceofthebride
Project Leader:
Wayne Kiger-Rice
San Diego , CA United States
$56,461 raised of $70,000 goal
 
686 donations
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