We are writing this article to share a very special ministry with our viewers. We just learned about Qoheleth Ministries a few months ago and are impressed by their good work and the warmth and love exhibited by their volunteers. It all starts with the organization’s founder, Orlando Sanchez, and its president, Brent Bordelon.
Since 1988, Orlando Sanchez has been committed to feeding the hungry in body, mind, and spirit. With only a loaf of bread, several cups of coffee and a Bible at his side, Orlando took to the streets of Costa Mesa to share his love for Jesus Christ. His desire to help others led him to start Qoheleth Ministries in 1991 to spread God’s word by first providing food and clothing– the essentials for living.
If Orlando is the heart and soul of the organization, Brent is the flesh and bones. He provides structure to the organization, such as planning events, handling corporate matters, maintaining a strong Internet and social presence, and running programs. For reference, the website for Qoheleth Ministries is: https://www.feedingthehungryoc.com/. We encourage you to visit it.
Qoheleth is a Hebrew word from Ecclesiastes that is translated as “The Preacher” or “The one who spreads the news.” Orlando is passionately and prayerfully committed to living that word for Christ. According to their website, Orlando’s “greatest joy is being able to feed the heart by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the only true satisfier of hunger.”
Qoheleth Ministries runs a program dubbed “Feed The Hungry.” It is a food distribution program for seniors, singles, and low-income families in the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. A variety of items, including canned food, produce, bread, clothes, and furniture, are distributed to people in need. In all, over 40,000 pounds of food are provided and around 2,000 people are fed, clothed, and assisted every month.
On the 2nd Saturday of each month Orlando, Brent, and dozens of volunteers can be found in the parking lot of Newport-Mesa Church, in Costa Mesa, California, where they unload several tons of food from the organization’s large truck, break it down into family sized units, and distribute food and essentials to families in need. There is not a person in that parking lot you would not want as a neighbor or best friend. They are truly a gracious and giving group of people. We recommend you join them the first opportunity you have. You will not be disappointed.