When someone makes a donation of $50 to OH3 it is broken down into the six categories illustrated by the chart on FAQ  4. That’s how we keep track of funds for food, fees, and transporting the food to the Christians in need.

We only use men for delivering the food who are…

1.  Already of established reputation and

2.  Already involved in the work of assisting their brethren, for love, not pay.

3.  Have the means to get the food delivered, and

4.  Agree to our terms, i.e. keeping receipts, providing thank you notes, etc.

Once these messengers contact us with the need in their areas…

1.  The funds are wired (to a bank account if they have one, or by Western Union if they don’t) directly to the brother on the ground there that we know and trust. Note: in the past this was not possible in Zimbabwe without paying 80% bank fees to the government, and even then the funds that the banks made available on a daily basis was limited, so arrangements were made to wire funds into neighboring countries for pick up. That has since changed with the passage of a few new laws so that those fees are now removed and it is financially expedient to wire funds directly into Zim. Praise God.

2.  The delivering brother arranges to purchase the food in the nearest cost efficient place that it is available. At certain seasons this is easily done at the local miller/market. At other seasons local food is not easily available and borders must be crossed to purchase food in Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa.

3.  The delivering brother is provided with funds for food purchases, transport costs (diesel fuel usually), thank you cards for those donating, and postage to return those cards to the states.

4.  The delivering brother personally oversees the food distribution to Christian families and takes care of receipts and sending the cards.

I hope this explains clearly how food is purchased and delivered. Mac