Update – 4/23/2020
Thank you so much for your diligent prayers and strategic partnership to reach hundreds of poor families who are starving for food during lockdown in India. So far over $15,300 has been raised which allows us to continue putting together packs for the families. Each grocery package contains 5kg rice, 5kg wheat, 2kg lentils, 1kg cooking oil, 2kg poha (flattened rice used for cooking), 1kg sugar, and other items which can sustain a family of 4 for about 15 days. It is hearbreaking to see so many come begging for anything. They are so grateful to receive these food packs.
Please continue to keep this need in prayer. Pray for safety, strength to do the work, and wisdom to speak as God leads. This situation will continue for weeks after the government lifts the lockdown order and there is no indication that they will be doing so any time soon. Any gift you can give to help us provide more grocery kits is greatly appreciated.
We will continue to update the situation via email and on this page.
Update – 4/16/2020
Stories from the field:
Vandana Ramesh Rao is a 38-year-old widow and she lives in Chikhli Slum, Nagpur. She has four children and comes from a very poor background. They live in small hut. She works as a daily wage laborer. Due to the lockdown she has had no work and therefore no money. They have been struggling and are not able to meet their daily needs. Their meager savings lasted about one week. Since then, they have had a very difficult time to survive. Vandana has been in search of food. Her daughter called and asked for help. She said, “…before [the] Corona virus kills us, we will die with hunger.”
Chandrakala Dahare is a 55 year old widow. She lives in the Ambedkar Nagar slum. She has two sons who are both married. She also has one grandson. The whole family lives together in small house. They come from a backward caste and poor background. Her sons are fish vendors and they earn only 150 rupees a day (about $2). Due to the continued lockdown, they ran out of groceries and money. Having nothing at home, they went to the streets to find enough for one meal and get them through the day. This quickly became their daily routine for survival. We were able to reach out to them and serve them by giving a grocery kit through which they can survive for the next 15 days.
Indiranagar Slum, Chikli Slum, Khadgaon Village, Wadi
Update – 4/9/2020
More photos of packing and distributing food.
Update – 4/6/2020
Here are some photos of the food and other supplies we have been able to supply. Thank you to all who have partnered with us in this project (see details below).
Fasting and Prayer
Just like the US, India has been in lock-down since mid-March 2020. Many businesses have closed and there is very limited transportation. This has left many daily workers stranded without work and without food. There are thousands of people walking from South India to North India to try and reunite with their families. Also, the poor and homeless, who depend on handouts from the workers, now have nobody to help them. Therefore, many of our field missionaries and staff have set aside various times for fasting and prayer. Please join with us whenever you can in praying for this situation.
Providing Food and Supplies for Local Villages
Even those poor and daily laborers who have their families with them, are hard hit as they have no saved resources for buying the necessities of life. The local village of Khadagaon near our seminary campus is in desperate need of help and they have reached out to us. We would like to be able to provide them with food and other needs. Would you please pray for these people and also consider giving a special gift for this need? This is a great opportunity to live out our faith and be the hands of feet of Jesus in a time of great need.