Operation food for Life reaches the poorest


Operation Food for Life volunteers have been serving the poorest of the poor, in the outskirts of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Dennis Perry, co-founder of Operation Food for Life says his team of volunteers have been working with families living at a rubbish dump.

When I mentioned we come in the name of Jesus to him with food, he opened his door and showed me the inscription on the inside of his door.

They found an elderly man who has spent his life at the Baruni rubbish dump, living in space no bigger that an outside toilet. His home, a shack has no windows, made from timber he found on the tip. It’s estimated that more than 2000 people live off the rubbish dumped on a daily basis.

The Miracle of his story is despite his conditions he knows Jesus has not abandoned him. Even living in such filth.

The elderly man went on to say we too have not forgotten him at his great time of need. “Many times in recent years he said he had no food and was physically dying of hunger, until Operation Food for Life volunteers knocked on his door with delicious rice based meals.

“Words are totally inadequate to describe the horrific conditions in which families call their residence,” said Mr Perry.

Mr Perry spoke to the elderly man at length through an interpreter.

“When I mentioned we come in the name of Jesus to him with food, he opened his door and showed me the inscription on the inside of his door,” said Mr Perry.

 Operation Food for Life volunteer Michael Kanawi, holding the special photo with our brother.  

After he had eaten the food provided he went into his room and bought out a picture which obviously means more to him than anything the world can offer.

Operation Food for Life started in Tonga nine years ago, when Mr Perry, a Seventh-day Adventist, passed a community living on and off scraps from a rubbish tip while on a business trip. “I got out of my car, bought some food and spent the day at the tip feeding them,” said Mr Perry.

 Dennis Perry feeding the poor and homeless at the Baruni rubbish dump.  

Inspired by the example of Jesus, Operation Food for Life seeks to provide material, emotional and spiritual support, bringing dignity and hope to the forgotten and the disadvantaged.

Mr Perry has seen first hand the hundreds of children who live and work at the Baruni waste dump. Most of them don’t go to school because there are no places for them or their parents can’t afford it.

“For over four years our teams of volunteers have been providing food—both physical and spiritual—clothing, to large communities who physically live on the garbage dump or edges around the tip,” said Mr Perry.

“These folk scavenge through the rubbish, dumped on the refuse tip for any left over food scraps, to help them supplement their meager existence.”

In taking a wholistic approach to people’s physical and spiritual care, Operation Food for Life volunteers come from all walks of life, churched and unchurched alike. They go into areas where their is poverty, sickness and homelessness—bringing Jesus to communities.

For more information or to support this ministry, email Denis at <operationfoodforlife@gmail.com>.