COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
The world as we knew it continues to change on a daily basis. We published our previous update just a week prior to the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the demonstrations and pandemonium around the world that followed… Then of course, the pervasive coronavirus continues to take an egregious toll while the normalcy we knew just months ago has become a thing of the past. Now we just wait to see what’s next. Needless to say, we are living in very precarious times.
There is simply no new rhetoric that will improve our situation, be it systemic racism, gender discrimination, etc. There is nothing new under the sun, nor will there arise a new epiphany. It’s all been detailed in God’s inerrant word, and it’s only there that we’ll find the answers, and the peace that surpasses all understanding. People need the Lord and the church must truly endeavor to be the church God intended it to be, NOW MORE THAN EVER. We need to repent, submit to God, and go about His business, doing what He requires of us: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
Between financial support from our friends at Faith Community Church in Bayou Vista, TX, and the generosity of private donors, we continue to sow all donations into food, hygiene and medical supplies to families in Piedras Negras, Mexico and Mumias, Kenya, Africa.
Piedras Negras has become an epicenter for COVID-19 infections along the border. Our regional coordinator, Pastor José Archila continues the work of distributing food and hygiene items to support more than a dozen families. The brief video below highlights some of the work that has been accomplished and will continue with your generous donations.
Mumias, Kenya, Africa:
We also continue to provide relief to our friends Pastors Martin & Patricia Indakwa of the Victory of Grace congregation in Mumias, Kenya, Africa. The Indakwas are also absorbed in serving their surrounding rural communities that are living in extremely difficult situations. In addition to the growing infection rate of the coronavirus, the aftermath of flooding rains continue to wreak havoc as stagnant waters are aggravating dysentery and malaria in the region.
The Indakwas distribute groceries, face masks, and mosquito nets. They also purchase testing kits for malaria and other water-borne diseases and often conduct the testing in their own home. Testing is one of the more important things the Indakwas do. (Also, read our blog about the Jiggers epidemic.)
Between their home church and the sister churches Pastor Martin supervises, the Indakawas serve approximately 120 households. As this recent article posted on CNBC reports, Kenya is fighting a 'triple whammy' of crisis.
We remain committed to assisting the Indakwas as God provides, and together we are making plans to start a Clean-Water Project to install a desperately needed well in their community (details forthcoming).
These photos are from recent distributions & medical testing by Pastors Martin & Patricia:
As unemployment continues to skyrocket, surpassing levels that this country hasn’t seen since the Great Depression, community food banks are under extreme pressure as the demand is spiking and the logistics of handling mass distributions is barely manageable.
(Volunteers stage a distribution in San Antonio for approximately 50 families.)
How should we, the local church, be responding to this crisis?
Jay Pathak, lead pastor of the Mile High Vineyard in Arvada, CO had this to say in a recent Focus on the Family interview about his book “The Art of Neighboring”:
“The church has survived and thrived through wars and famines and epidemics of all kinds. And so, in a very real way, this is our moment. You know, it’s the moment to wake up and remember who we were always meant to be, especially when so many of the programs that we’ve depended upon – the worship service, Sunday school, Bible studies, those things that we’ve been great at over time, have been taken from us. So, this is a moment for us to exercise the most basic parts of our faith where we love God and we love people around us because we are the front line. We really are first responders. So, this is our moment, church, our moment to rise up and be who we’re meant to be!”
Although the logistics of helping others might not be easy, our call to help the poor and needy is a scriptural mandate that few would argue against. Deuteronomy 15:7-8 says:
"If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be."
This is just one of many passages in the Bible that show God's concern for the least of these. We, the local church, should be of the same mindset.
We thank you for your continued support. May this world crisis reveal who we are called to be as Christians...
In His love and service,
Jeff & Veronica