You can’t feed 85 hungry people with 25 litres of soup. But Jesus can, a Brakpan soup kitchen team found out when they prayed and then served their inadequate supper to 85 people and everybody enjoyed three servings.
Recounting the modern-day “loaves and fishes” type miracle, Sonja Gerber, who regularly serves in the soup kitchen she and her husband, Danie, started five years ago, says: “We serve an awesome God who is still the same. Halleluja!”
Sonja provides more details: “The evening of the 31st of March I had to work so I couldn’t make it and my husband Danie and Wilma and Shelvie were there. Shelvie’s wife forgot to put the stove on so only Wilma had her soup of 25 litres in her cooler box. After they gave word and prayed (because God demands us to pray for our food) Danie and Wilma looked at each other and started dishing the food. Wilma said as she was putting the scoop into the cooler box and as she brought it up the cooler box stayed full. They were rejoicing after they handed the soup knowing that only God could do this.”
She says with the Lord’s intervention the soup stretched enough to provide everybody with three helpings.
She says the feeding ministry was birthed after Danie got word from the Lord to start a soup kitchen.
“He walked around with this idea for a year saying but he doesn’t know how to do it. We sometimes want to get away from our calling. The Lord sent a gentleman named Lucas his way and we were directed to the Wandelaan in Brakpan were they gave out soup and we met two wonderful people, Ellen and Theo, who at that time served soup on Tuesdays and Fridays. This was five years ago. Three weeks later we started our own soup kitchen in Brenthurst next to the Spar.”
Sonja says her dream is to have a home for a shelter where “we can get some of these guys off the street”. She says anybody who would like to support the soup kitchen ministry with money, blankets or donations of food is welcome to call Danie at 084 245 4072.