For the two years we lived in south Miami, we’d gather every sunday around my Grandaddy’s dining table, our sweaty bare legs sticking to those turquoise leather seats. We’d gather and break bread, (or biscuits, as was usually the case), and we’d laugh and talk and share stories over a meal. It wasn’t anything fancy, it was food. But it wasn’t just food either, it was the love we experienced at that meal. My Grandaddy loved to cook, he loved to eat with company, and he always said, “food is love”.
Food has always been a way I have felt loved and cared for, nourished by not just calories, but by the hands and hearts that have prepared my meals over the years. I do it now, for my own babies. I feed them well and it’s easy.It’s just one of the ways I love them.
I’m reminded often, that while food is abundant here, this is not the case in so many other places. So many mamma’s want to love their babies by feeding them, yet they struggle. I want to feed them all. I want to fling open my doors and set my table and pack my house full of the hungry because to me, food is love–food should not be a privilege–it’s a need, a basic necessity of life.
My friend, Lisa-Jo introduced me to a community in South Africa that has been faithfully praying for their basic needs to be met. The people of Maubane need a community center, a place where they can gather and cook and wash and serve each other. The goal is to raise $150,000 by Mothers Day.
Today, we want to fund the first part, a community vegetable garden. This Valentines day, we’re going to live love.
God is love, and food can also be a way to love.
This is the human blueprint for the community center they dream of building. $150,000 is a lot of money. But we serve a God of abundance. I believe we can do this. I believe we can love our neighbors well, and that we can fill in this space with a building that meets their basic needs.
Join me. Let’s love well, so others can live well.
My friend Kashoan of Krafty Kash Designs has created 3 special necklaces in honor of this beautiful project. She is donating $12 of every purchase to the funding of this community center. You have to see her beautiful work, and then grab one for you and perhaps for a friend too–your gift will directly impact the lives of our neighbors in South Africa. How awesome is that?!