Seventeen years and counting, Apostle Bridget Outlaw has been serving her community with a global vision. One family at a time and one plate at a time, she has masterfully and resourcefully bridged the gap between social services and meeting individual needs. Monday, July 21, Apostle Bridget Outlaw expressed her burden for her community and shared how she has positioned her outreach globally to advance the kingdom and fulfill God's word that there should be no lack in the body.
Over the past several years, governmental agencies have been cutting back on rendering services to those in need. In Chicago violence has skyrocketed and the percentage of unemployed African Americans is still in the double digits. According to the National Journal May 2, 2014, 11.6 percent of African Americans unemployed is double the amount of Caucasians. While the unemployment rate has decreased since 2008 for African Americans, there are deeper problems existing as a direct result of joblessness. Children are going underfed or hungry. The family unit as we knew from days gone by is nonexistent. To make matters worse, Americans are throwing away 40 percent of our food supply, according to an issue of the Natural Resources Defense Council written by Dana Gunders in August 2012 titled "Wasted: How America is losing up to 40 percent of its food from Farm to fork to Landfill".
To bring the issue current, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted a study and the following paragraphs state the results in a report summary dated February 2014 from the Economic Research Service written by Jean C. Buzby, Hodan F. Wells, and Jeffrey Hyman. "In the United States, 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. Retail-level losses represented 10 percent (43 billion pounds) and consumer-level losses 21 percent (90 billion pounds) of the available food supply.
The estimated total value of food loss at the retail and consumer levels in the United States was $161.6 billion in 2010. The top three food groups in terms of share of total value of food loss were meat, poultry, and fish (30 percent, $48 billion); vegetables (19 percent, $30 billion); and dairy products (17 percent, $27 billion). The total amount of food loss represents 387 billion calories of food not available for human consumption per day in 2010, or 1,249 out of 3,796 calories available per American per day. Recovery costs, food safety considerations, and other factors would reduce the amount of food that could actually be recovered for human consumption."
Surprising? Not really. We live an age where fast food joints make everything extra large and super-sized, so the above percentages/dollar amounts are not unfathomable. Equipped with this knowledge and word of God, Apostle Bridget Outlaw set out to change the outcome in her community. Every month 1500 people are fed through her outreach, New Global Destiny International World Vision, Inc, located in an approximately 1100 square foot building at 3406 West 79 Street on the south-west side of Chicago. What is amazing is that Apostle Outlaw manages to serve hundreds of people in a relatively small facility each month. Now if other community and religious organizations made a collaborative effort, the city of Chicago would not have one hungry person or displaced family. Among the many resources available, Apostle Bridget Outlaw meets the needs of a person's total well-being with myriad of other social services.
Apostle Outlaw shared a story of a family of approximately 7 individuals that were in desperate need of food. The mother came into the facility with one of her children and explained her situation. The outreach informed her that their food pantry normally operates on Wednesdays of each week, however that particular day was Friday and they were in dire need. The workers gathered together enough food for the family and while they were about to send the lady on her way, she mentioned that she had a daughter incarcerated that had three children of her own and they didn't receive Christmas gifts. The worker once again provided the children with toys that were left over from their toy drive. The lady thanked them for what had been given to her and her family, but yet there was still another need. The mother told the workers of her teenage son in the car outside, who was a juvenile delinquent and subsequently had to obtain 50 hours of community service. Well, as God would have it, the facility was able to accommodate the youngster. The teenager was able to work off the community service hours volunteering there at the facility.
The aforementioned story is only one incident out of many of how Apostle Bridget Outlaw's New Global Destiny International World Vision Ministries, Inc is able to meet the community's need. Imagine the numerous other stories that could be shared of many other individuals/families that live in extreme conditions without any relief. There's a mighty cry for help in our inner cities of America. Who will answer? For those who may be in need or you know of someone in need, please contact Apostle Bridget Outlaw at (888) 214-5368 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"...Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:37-40 KJV