CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kathy Skiles never used to like peanut brittle.
"I didn't until I tasted this recipe," she said. "It's like it almost has air in the middle of it. It's not real hard. It's just different."
But the sweet taste isn't the only reason Skiles, of South Charleston, likes the peanut brittle recipe she found online. It's helped her raise more than $16,000 for overseas mission trips in the past four years.
"My first trip was December 2010 and I had to raise $4,000 before then," Skiles said. "So I probably started maybe April 2010. [I] sent out letters [asking for support]. And we got this recipe and it just snowballed after that."
Skiles will make her fourth trip overseas in November with Knoxville, Tenn.-based ministry Anna's Gate. She'll be in India for a third time. She's also traveled to Israel with the ministry.
For each trip, Skiles raises support by making and selling peanut brittle.
Skiles makes two batches of the recipe most weekdays. The recipe makes enough for three bags, which she sells for at least $5 each. Still, many people want to give more, she said.
Skiles once set up a table with the candy at her church, Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans.
In less than 10 minutes, she sold 80 bags and raised more than $800 for her trip, she said.
"It's like people are really excited to give," Skiles said. "I'll have them ask me at work, 'Do you have any peanut brittle?'"
Anna's Gate reaches out to widows and orphans in India. Among other things, the ministry has opened five sewing centers where Indian women can learn a trade and become tailors, founder CarolMarie Smith said. Then the women have an income to support themselves with.
"We connect them with a church family so that they're not alone," Smith said. "A lot of them are just living in the streets. They have a purpose - not just sewing but God hears their prayers and they can change their nation."
Skiles said she has a renewed sense of purpose because of her work in India.