Love is . . . a bowl of soup

2015-12-17 06:00
Frans Kersop (right) delivers soup on a weekly basis to (left) Jane Titus, Abigail Titus, Dwayne Roberts and Immanuel Titus in Pellsrus.                                   Photos: MONIQUE BASSON

Frans Kersop (right) delivers soup on a weekly basis to (left) Jane Titus, Abigail Titus, Dwayne Roberts and Immanuel Titus in Pellsrus. Photos: MONIQUE BASSON

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HE is a man with a car - and a mission.

Pensioner Frans Kersop aims to make a difference in more ways than one: while fulfilling physical needs in the community by distributing food, he also takes the time to build relationships - hoping to show recipients they are loved and valued.

Kersop is one of 50 volunteers who are currently assisting the SOS Project in Jeffreys Bay to deliver food to between 80 and 100 deserving people in Pellsrus, Ocean View and Tokyo Sexwale every Wednesday.

According to Kersop, one of the first volunteers, the SOS Project started delivering its first bowl of soup to sick people, residents suffering from Tuberculosis, cancer, and HIV/Aids, as well as to destitute elderly persons.

“These people did not want to take their medication on an empty stomach as it made them feel even worse,” says Kersop. “We started with one vehicle per week and now have six vehicles delivering food every Wednesday. The soup we offer is homemade and donated by the ladies of the Dutch Reformed Church and the Catholic Church, as well as from various individuals. We rely heavily on donations, and any contribution from community members - no matter how small - is highly appreciated. The more soup or ingredients we receive, the more families in need we can help.”

For Kersop, this is more than just delivering food to the less fortunate. He knows everyone by name, their history and their dreams for the future. At residents’ house he takes the time to talk to them - to find out how they are doing, to encourage them and to pray for them where welcome.

He believes that everyone deserves to be noticed and treated with dignity and joy. Each recipient has a special place in his heart and has become a valued friend over the years. Kersop, who delivers food to 12 families, feels heartbroken when they are sad, he rejoices in their victories and encourages them as much as possible - using God’s word as his guide.

The SOS Project has also been running a soup kitchen from the VG Church in Pellsrus since July 2013. They provide soup twice a week to the el-derly, homeless, unemployed and sick people. For more information or to get involved with the project, contact Hannetjie van Oudts-hoorn at 076 781 3912 or send an email to marketing@sosprojectjbay.org.

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