What they encountered on their way home from making daily bread deliveries.
ITMI's Elmane le Roux and a few of her eight teenage and young adult children were returning to Onseepkans Mission when they saw her.
Onseepkans is a farming settlement in the Northern Cape area of South Africa, mostly populated with marginalized families living on welfare and low-wage farm workers.
Onseepkans is a marginalized settlement in the Northern Cape area of South Africa.
That morning, the le Rouxs had been delivering bread that was baked on-site at Onseepkans Mission. The le Roux family started the Daily Bread or Velloorsdrift Bakery to offer the impoverished community bread at affordable prices.
Gerhard and Elmane le Roux with 6 of their eight children at Onseepkans Mission.
The community is so marginalized that the nearest actual grocery store is an 80-mile drive away. Transportation to get there is too costly for most residents of Onseepkans. There are trading posts in Onseepkans, but they inflate food prices to extortion, leaving struggling families ever plunging deeper into debt.
The Daily Bread Bakery bakes and delivers bread, providing relief from high food prices and presenting members of the le Roux family opportunities for redemptive conversations every day.
Trading posts tend to extort local families with grossly inflated prices.
That morning, Elmane and a few of her children had been out delivering bread. On their way back to the mission, they drove past a lady from the community. Having met and interacted with her several times, Elmane could tell she seemed quite distressed.
Elmane stopped to inquire about why. The lady told them that her youngest son was very ill - at the clinic, they thought maybe he had meningitis. She was walking to a local shop to get food to take with her on the ambulance ride to the nearest hospital.
Elmane gave her a lift to the shop and invited her to come and visit Onseepkans Mission when she had the opportunity.
A Loaf of Bread Opens the Door
Later that afternoon, Elmane took a loaf of bread to her home and found out she and her son had gotten to the hospital. He received treatment and was back at home. Thankfully, her eldest son shared that his younger brother did not have meningitis.
The following day the same woman walked almost 4 miles to visit Elmane at Onseepkans Mission, who greeted her and welcomed her in.
"I had a long chat with her," Elmane writes, "During our discussion, she opened her heart and shared with me about a deep sorrow she was carrying." Elmane encouraged her and shared the gospel with her.
The Daily Bread Bakery has opened the door for many redemptive conversations and interactions for members of the le Roux family. During daily deliveries, they pray with recipients and learn about their lives and struggles.
For a gift of $26, you can provide an impoverished and struggling family in Onseepkans, South Africa, with a daily delivery of bread for a month.
Imagine knowing that every bite you feed your family sinks you deeper into debt. How relieved would you feel if you received the gift of a loaf of bread every day for a month?
Imagine what it would feel like to offer a family that relief and to know that your gift puts someone in contact with followers of Jesus every single day for a month.
How can people come to know Jesus and who He really is? By interacting with His followers, who point people to Him. This is the gift you have the chance to give a needy family in South Africa today.