Drought, hunger and outright famine are once again threatening precious lives on the continent of Africa.
IDES is blessed to have faithful mission partners diligently meeting needs in Jesus’ name in several North and East African nations. One nation where needs are great and His servants are hard at work is Kenya.
Imagine: Sweat drips down your forehead as you achingly bend over in your field for hours under the hot sun, tilling the ground by hand for planting your seeds.
Day-in and day-out, the sun bares down as you complete the back-breaking farm labor that is the only hope for your family's livelihood. At the end of the planting weeks, you can just hope there will be enough rain for the crops to sprout and flourish. But, the rain never comes.
The temperature increases, hotter and hotter as the summer season takes over, all while you watch your family's livelihood dry up before your very eyes.
The threat of starvation and violence bears heavily upon families in South Sudan, each of whom are extremely anxious for peace and food security.
Following several years of ongoing civil war, as well as a remarkably hot drought that killed all of the crops, famine is sweeping through the nation during the first few months of 2017. This would be a most difficult environment for any Christ-follower to spread the hope of Jesus. The forces of darkness seem insurmountable. But, the light of Hope is eternally more powerful.
Thanks to your generosity, our brothers and sisters in Christ in South Sudan are making a difference in the lives of families who are suffering. We wanted to share their story with you, because we believe we can all learn from their example of faith.
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.
All year long, your creativity and generosity provides help and hope to the hungry through IDES' Harvest of Talents (HOT) program.
It says in 1 Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." Your willingness to take this verse to heart has led to the 15 separate HOT programs that are currently serving the most vulnerable and undernourished around the world as you read this article.
People in our world are suffering. But, YOU can make hope possible. Find out how in this video and share to spread the word!
What is your gift or talent? Have you ever thought about if or how God may use it to bless those in need?
IDES' Harvest of Talents program is an "every-person" ministry centered upon the truth of 1 Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."
Find out how YOU and your church family can provide nutritious food for hungry people around the world by using your very own gifts and talents in unique ways by watching this new video.
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!
Philipo is a little boy from the Maasai people in Tanzania who was born with a birth defect which prevented his ears from forming properly, leaving him with conductive hearing loss. Unfortunately for Philipo, the Maasai culture considers any type of disability to be taboo, believing the disabled person to be cursed.