COVID-19 Emergency Aid Initiative
Posted on June 10, 2020
Experts predict that the number of people facing acute hunger will double by the end of this year. COVID 19 has affected all of us, but the 3 billion people living on less than $3 a day have been devastated. The situation is urgent, and millions of lives are on the line.
As our leadership hears the regular reports from our team members around the world, the story of the Good Samaritan keeps coming to our minds. We have important work to do, but we don’t want to be like the priest and the Levite who passed by on the other side so they could go about their business.
Like the Good Samaritan, we are letting mercy interrupt our journey. During the summer months, our focus will be on providing food, shelter, medical care, and love to a hurting world. We will be doing this in partnership with the pastors and leaders we have trained in the hard places. We believe we can train leaders and serve the poor at the same time. We believe that this is what Jesus did—and what he wants us to do.
Our team members in Cuba, Ukraine, India, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, and Costa Rica are coordinating these emergency relief efforts. They are already there and ready to serve. We are asking people like you to help us with this Good Samaritan initiative. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the needs right now. But a gift of any size can make a big difference in someone’s life. For example:
- $28 would feed a family in Cuba for 2-3 weeks.
- $250 would feed 15 Roma children in Ukraine for 3 months.
- $2,500 would open a food distribution center in a church in India to feed their community.
The opportunities are great, and the people behind the numbers each have real stories. You will be hearing about those stories over the next few weeks. Together, we can help them get through what may be the most desperate time of their lives. Please pray about joining us as we let mercy interrupt our journey.
For our neighbors,
Dr. Rick Thompson Give Now