Janet and I were managing a Bible translation center in West African capital city when God changed our lives. We opened our gate one night to a faint knock. A frightened mother was holding a motionless baby in her arms. Horified, Janet and I thought the baby was dead. We supplied the mother with formula for her baby, brought her to a local clinicand paid for perscriptions to help mom nurse her little boy.
Soon we could no longer feed the growing number of babies and mothers from our home. We now have what was once a walled homestead with chest high desiccated weeds that now resemble a real oasis. It fills every week with those who are finding hope. Currently we are feeding about 140 babies.
We now offer training in job skills, literacy, the Bible, and nutrition. With God’s help we have faced many challenges. Now we face our most worrisome challenge--rapidly rising food costs—formula, rice, beans, peanuts, and chicken feed for our growing flock of layers for egg distribution. Each month we have more people in dire need coming to the Oasis of Hope along with rising food costs.
Almost ten years later, that nearly dead baby (aptly named “Welcome” in the local language) is a roughhousing soccer player.
“When I was hungry you gave me meat... the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40
Don & Janet Guizzetti