The ferocious "chatter" of machine guns just around the corner from one's home is as regular as birds in the morning for displaced families in Myanmar. Fear is a constant state of being, necessary for mere survival in the midst of the war that these families have no part in.
The brutal battle rages on between the central Myanmar government and regional militarized rebels, with thousands of innocent lives caught in the crossfire.
Before you continue, we must warn you that this story is extremely difficult to read.
The little girls and boys walked up eagerly to our mission partner, shivering in their barely-thick-enough clothing for the cooler temperatures of winter in India.
Due to the vicious inequality of the caste system, these precious children and their families are trapped in the grips of poverty with little help or notice from their surrounding communities. This leads to nearly constant food insecurity, and a severe lack of resources -- many of them living in little more than mud-and-garbage huts. Thanks to your love, they recently received food and blankets from IDES in the name of Jesus.
Each of the children's mothers smiled at our partner, tears welling up in their eyes in gratitude as a clean, warm blanket and a package of food was handed to them.
After 2016's Hurricane Matthew, there were thousands of families in Haiti who were left without food, water, and shelter. The situation appeared hopeless.
But thanks to you, IDES was able to provide over $100,000 of disaster aid, distributed through 20 different local partners in Haiti. The recovery process continues even as you read this article: homes are being rebuilt, water is being purified, and food is being provided where needed, all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the past few months, stories upon stories from our local partners there have been pouring in regarding just how beautifully God is using your generous response in blessing the affected families with help and hope. Three of these testimonies deeply moved the IDES staff, and we wanted to share them with you, since it is your willingness to show up with God's love that is making hope possible for these families.
People in our world are suffering. But, YOU can make hope possible. Find out how in this video and share to spread the word!
IDES is currently responding to the flooding in Southeastern Missouri and Eastern Oklahoma. Rivers are at historic flood-stages, interstate highways are shutdown, and homes have been severely damaged throughout the two states. It is still raining and the waters are still rising.
We are sending funds to partners in the area as damage is being assessed. Once the water recedes, IDES will be assisting in repairs to homes, and replacing home-appliance items. You can make hope possible for these families by generously donating at the button below. Your willingness to help will make a tremendous impact for those who have been affected by these storms. Be sure to select "U.S. Disaster Response" on the online form, or write it on the memo line of your check.
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Imagine: You have just finished the chores for the evening at home. All of a sudden, gunfire rapidly tatters just down the block from your house. People scream and take cover as the two opposing religious militias in your community exchange shots as they vie for the upper-hand.
Surprised and shaken, you peak out your front window to see how close the battle is to your doorstep. More gunfire--and a stray bullet rips through the wall of your home only inches away from you.
You know you and your children are no longer safe here. The only option you have is to pack up whatever you can carry on foot, and lead your family to seek refuge in the next state over. What would you do?
As the monsoon rains continued to fall in their rural village in India, the farming families were helpless as the warm, muddy water seeped into their modest clay homes.
Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters huddled together in the center of the room as the flash-flood gradually soaked their feet and ankles, rising carelessly around their belongings. The water quickly turned the lower-half of the walls of their homes into moldy mush, easily eroding the clay away.
"What do we do now? Is God punishing us for something?" many of them thought to themselves, pondering about what little resources they had left. Then, your love showed up.
One year ago this week, the country of Ecuador was struck with a massive earthquake. According to USAID, 660 people were killed, over 4,600 were injured, and more than 30,200 were displaced from their homes.
In the midst of catastrophic devastation such as this, it is difficult to see how God could possibly use the situation for good. But, He does indeed! Thanks to your faithfulness in caring for these suffering families, local churches and Ecuadorian mission organizations in the area are being equipped to rebuild homes and share the Gospel. And, God is working miracles amongst them.
The time had come for harvest in 9 villages in Thailand.
Families whose lives center around the agricultural calendar took to the fields to cut and bundle the rice. This harvest would provide food for themselves, and for their livestock for the entire coming year. The bundles were stacked tall and neatly, ready to dry for several days before the milling process began, and then...
In lieu of this week's normal Project Story, we are excited to share with you a new video!
Two IDES staff members were recently blessed to spend time with several mission partners in India. This video shares the story of how YOUR generosity is transforming lives in Jesus' name. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch - please continue to pray for those who are suffering, and for those who are serving!