This year has brought a time of great uncertainty, high levels of poverty, abuse and neglect, and families fighting to survive on a daily basis to provide a meal for their children. It has been difficult to understand the reason for this global pandemic and God’s purposes have, at times, been hidden by this great darkness. Yet, like in all the darkest times of history, His powerful love has shone through and He is using His people to reach out to those in need to remind them there is still an everlasting hope.
Thank you very much for your generous response to the piece in the last magazine. We want to share with you how this support has been used by our partners as they have responded to the crisis and show how it has touched many lives for the glory of God. Please continue to pray for them.
RICD - Thailand
The RICD Wheelchair project in Thailand has been functioning for over 20 years to support those with disabilities. When COVID-19 hit, the economy became unstable and workplaces shut, forcing those with a disability to survive on an income well below poverty level. RICD were able to provide basic food items to these families in desperate need. Their aim was to reach 1,000 families through the local churches.
New Hope Clinic
New Hope Clinic was built by ImagineIf Trust in 2018 to reach displaced people in North Eastern DR Congo. When COVID-19 hit, those in Kasindi had not only been forced to leave their homes due to infighting, they also encountered immense flooding. During these devastating times, ImagineIf Trust worked with local churches to distribute food, bedding, farm equipment and face masks.
“Our ‘Love Congo’ initiative has been partnering with churches to develop projects that meet the practical and spiritual needs of the people in Kasindi. The town has received over 10,000 displaced people, many of whom fled their villages with nothing. Our health centre is treating 300 patients per month, our feeding programme provides meals three times a week for 100 malnourished children, our primary school now has 300 pupils and the land we bought is providing allotments for 80 families.
When Kasindi was hit by a flood in May, we quickly mobilised some emergency funds to help those who were worst hit and with the help of MMN we have sent two further payments to provide emergency provisions for 200 families.
Not only are the local pastors’ faithful stewards of our donations, they also provide pastoral support to those who have lost loved ones or experienced traumatic situations. In all that we do, our prayer is that these people who have suffered so much will find their ultimate faith and hope in the life-giving gift that is Jesus Christ.”