Every Wednesday, starting at 6 a.m., Bus Stop Ministry connects with the community and children.
Once a week, prior to the children heading off to school, Latoya Jacobs provides them with cereal, milk, fresh fruits, refreshments, school supplies, clothes, encouragement and prayer throughout the school year.
This outreach ministry began Oct. 3, 2018. You can find Jacobs sharing whatever she has at the corner of Northwest 52nd Street and 29th Avenue.
After going to her son’s bus stop to pick him up, it had started to rain and the bus hadn’t come, Jacobs recalled.
“While there, I had a chance to see all of the kids loading on the bus and walking. Laying down one day, God spoke to me and told me to go set up,” Jacobs said. So, Jacobs followed God’s command and made contact with North Little Rock, Arkansas Officer Tommy Norman and Joanna Martin-Dennis of Mission Give Foundation. They introduced her to the Bus Stop Ministry. The pair then sent Jacobs a package with two checkered red and white aprons, tablecloth and a pledge of commitment to show up once a week.
Bus Stop Ministry is the fifth of its kind in the country but the first in Miami. It is challenging the community to donate to and volunteer at the small, impactful and wonderful outreach program that provides a great service.
“We are asking community leaders, corporate businesses, small businesses, governmental agencies and sponsors to come aboard and participate,” said Jacobs.
The ministry needs muffins, milk, juice, cookies, cereal, assorted flavors of Nature Valley granola bars, water, fresh fruit, ice, cutlery, napkins, paper plates and plastic an recyclable bags.
“Our ministry extends to the bus drivers, bus aides, parents and anyone who is in need of quick bite and a word of prayer. No questions asked,” Jacobs said.
Bus Stop Ministry No. 5 is seeking monetary donations and volunteers. Please contact via Facebook: see you at the bus stop and Instagram: busstopminmia.