‘Faith Hope Love’ reaches Greenbushes community

Some of the more than 300 chilldren who are fed and ministered to by Faith Hope Love Ministries in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth each week. The ministry also reaches about 70 adults a week. (PHOTO: Faith Hope Love Ministries)

Faith Hope Love Ministries, a private Christian outreach, feeds more than 300 children per week in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth. Founder, Bernadette Spies, and her team go out to bless the Greenbushes community by sharing God’s word, leading praise and worship and sharing a meal together.

Bernadette Spies with one of the members of her team PHOTO: Faith Hope Love Ministries

In 2007 the organisation was birthed after a heart-wrenching encounter with the people on Mission Road Greenbushes, “My heart broke as I saw the poverty my brothers and sisters were living in”, Spies said. “Initially we started out with one small bucket of soup which fed 10 people, today we are able to reach 400 people through the grace of God”, shares Spies.

Even after losing her job in 2009, Spies stood in the gap and continued to give whatever she had to this community.

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“I remember one morning in particular, all we had was a pack of macaroni, one packet of soup mix and water. I said to Patricia, my best friend, ‘today God is going to turn this watery mixture into thick creamy soup’, and that’s exactly what the Lord done”, Spies adds.

Spies had left her home that morning with three 25 litre buckets of watery soup. After praise and worship, they prayed over the soup and began to serve the soup in faith. “The Lord had turned the water based soup into thick creamy tasting soup”, she laughs.

PHOTO: Faith Hope Love Ministries

Spies funds the feeding project out of her own pocket and has seen the Lord’s favour time and again. Her faith and heart for God’s people challenges us as Christians to get out of our comfort zones and get cracking with the work of the Lord.

Today, Faith Hope Love ministries reaches more than 300 children and 70 adults per week.

For more information about supporting this initiative you can contact Bernadette Spies at fhlministries@live.co.za.

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  1. Celeste Rangasamy

    Amazing! God is awesome!

  2. Wow! what Bernadette is doing in Greenbushes is astounding! May God Bless her richly. I will contact her to see how we can get involve as well.

  3. Thank you, I give all the Glory to my Jesus! Some days it feels like I’m fighting a loosing battle, but the Holy Spirit keeps reminding me about Isaiah 55:5 – the reason the outreach started! My heart longs to be there everyday, just to spend quality time with the people, to feed them and give the kids that special attention and love they so crave for. I believe Jesus will open doors no man can shut! Have a wonderful Blessed Jesus filled day!

  4. An awesome testimony of faith, Bernadette! “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

  5. Bernadette the mission field is on the door step of PE you are doing an amazing work, may the residents of this city support and help you with this worthy cause. How can I help.

  6. Thank you for the beautiful words spoken. Derick you can e-mail me fhlministries@live.co.za
    I have to just once again say- All the glory goes to my ABBA Father, I could not and still can not do any of this in my own strenght, and I thank my DADDY – Jesus everyday for His unfailing love, grace and mercy! May you guys be blessed!