Bag of Rice Project #254 -A visit to the Oti family

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Learn how you can be apart of helping people who are in need with our A Thrifty Mom Bag of Rice Campaign
. In 2016 we started helping a young man named Ikechukwu from Nigeria. Summer of 2019 we were able to visit his family in Aba, Nigeria. While there we saw widespread poverty and lack of basic needs. We would like to invite you to help meet one of those basic needs, by providing
Nigerian families with rice. This gift will feed a large family for a few months, or a single person a year. It also reminds them they are loved, and brings most of them to tears… as a full bag of rice is one of the most generous gifts they will ever receive. You can also read about other families we have been able to bless here.

The Following story is about the Oti family, their bag of rice was donated thanks to Tina and Kenny Shoemaker this is the 254th bag of rice our program has been able to give away thanks to generous donations.

We met Mr. Daniel Oko Oti, he was a commercial driver for several years. He worked under a privately owned transportation company for over fifteen years before taking up a less tedious offer of a personal driver to one government official. Things began to change when he started experiencing difficulties in his sight. This situation caused him to lose his job for years before he completely went blind. Since then, medicals bills used up all his savings leaving him with nothing. He is unmarried and stays in a rented one bedroom house alone.

All efforts to get him treated proved abortive, according to him, he has lost hope of regaining his sight again. We were told he depends on good neighbors for help. These neighbors cook for him in his kitchen with the use of firewood. That’s what he can afford for the time being. He is left helpless, depending on others.

Despite his lack of sight he kept his place tidy and clean, and himself well groomed. If you just drove by on the road and had not stopped to find out the details of his life, you would not understand the tragedy he is enduring.

Although he couldn’t see us, he made sure he felt our hands, holding them while expressing gratitude to God for remembering him. He may be struggling but God had not forgotten him him his trials, thanks to the kindness of strangers. He praised God and gave praise and thanks to the donors for the gifts. I am glad we were able to leave him in a better place than we found him, knowing the blessing this rice will be to him.

You might notice in the photos the bag says flour. This village was far away from where we normally purchase the rice, We found a rice mill closer to their village that would sell us the rice in bulk. However we had to bring our own bags to fill. The bags we found were not rice bags they were flour sacks, but they fulfilled the purpose we needed. We were grateful to be able get this rice to this remote village, it was a difficult task and took some resourceful thinking to make it happen.

Learn how you can be apart of helping people who are in need with our A Thrifty Mom Bag of Rice Campaign. You can also read about other families we have been able to bless here.