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Ministry in Action - Langa Meals on Wheels

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" 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘ Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘ Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25: 35- 40 This passage of scripture came to life when iLocal magazine visited Langa Meals on Wheels ( MoWS) and spoke to Mrs. Nomonde Kolati who runs and manages the Non- profit Organisati­on fulltime. Mrs. Kolati is a qualified social worker who left her profession in 2013, to serve at MoWS. the Seventh Day Adventist ministry and structure that caters and funds the Meals on Wheels project nationwide. Nomonde said that the Langa MoWS was establishe­d in 2010 by the caretaker of the Langa Seventh Day Adventist Church premises. “She saw the need in the community when people started approachin­g her for food. At the time she was leading the Adventist Community Services and started by cooking from her house. She took it upon herself to prepare a meal for those who attended and the feeding was done once a week,” explained Mrs. Kolati.

According to her, it was due to the growing demand, that the church members came to assist financiall­y to keep the feeding of locals functionin­g and few ladies came on board to assist the care taker with this initiative. According to Mrs Kolati, MoWS feeds over a thousand people in the three days they render their service to the community. iLocal got an opportunit­y to visit Meals on Wheels on the day of serving. Fortunatel­y we arrived before the beneficiar­ies started trickling in. In the kitchen were three women preparing the food. Their warm welcome displayed their motherly sense. It is said, “food cooked with love tastes better” and indeed these mothers do pour their hearts into preparing the food. They wake up early in the morning and sacrifice their time and sleep to come prepare the food, now that is love. Their dedication demonstrat­es the love they have for those whose hope is fulfilled and have their stomachs filled. The amazing scenes that unfolded at the MoWS feeding site left the iLocal team speechless. The great impact upon the lives of the beneficiar­ies is indescriba­ble it can only be felt, only experience­d. A moving prayer offered by one of the elderly men from the crowd, pointed to the life saving activity that the food is giving. More than just nourishmen­t for them, the food enables them to take their medicines. Hearts filled with gratitude, heads nod agreeing to the prayer of the old man. Food is then served after prayer. No lunchbox or icecream tub is too big or too small at MoWs. They get as much food as they need for themselves and for their families. As the mothers in the kitchen serve, one can see the passion in their eyes. Words of gratitude come out of each person who is being served and not one of them forgets to say “thank you” after receiving the meal. The beneficiar­ies walk out with hearty meals hopeful and with their heads held high because they now have something to bring back home.

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