In this time of global need, many have donated their time and money to help needy families all over the world. One Challenge workers Joel and Sue have seen this first hand as they work alongside churches in South Asia to see families fed.
In South Asia, a danger of the COVID-19 pandemic is starvation. Joel, Sue, and their partners are actively responding to this crisis. At the end of April, workers prepared food for 200 families, but nearly 500 families came.
“It’s very hard to send people away without any food. We are very thankful for generous donations that allow us to help those who haven’t received anything yet,” Joel says.
The Need Continues
The couple and their indigenous partners are working to provide what they can, but needs are still growing. “A church planting pastor back in the hills south of the city has been requesting help for people in his area. Last week we sent help to him and his community as well,” Joel says.
Here’s what they provide for 300 families. And what they need in order to provide for 300 more.
- 130 bags of rice = $2000
- 600 kgs of dal (lentils) = $800
- 300 kgs of salt = $100
- 300 bars of soap = $100
- 300 kgs of cooking oil = $500
- 36 bags of beaten rice = $500
“The starvation problem is worsening. Reports from around the country are not encouraging. People come to our campus each day and ask for food,” Joel says.
In this nation, many people work outside of the country and are needing to journey home. As these 5 million people return from the countries in the Middle East, Malaysia, Korea, and India the threat of starvation will increase. “There is a lot to pray for,” Joel says.
The ministry personnel have been out almost every day distributing food. And it is continuing. As of now, they have given food to over 1,200 families. Among the families helped are Muslims, Hindus, and Christians.
How to Give
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV.