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.
One in nine people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight, which is approximately 795 million people.
Don't let this statistic become only a number -- these are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters -- human beings alive in our world who do not have access to nutritious food today, and who won't have access to it tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that.
Hunger and malnutrition is a battle too large to fight alone. But together, we can make a difference.
It was a hard summer for the people of Kenya.
For nearly 5 months, not a single drop of rain fell upon the farmland of the families of the Pokot region. The drought was long and the effects were severe. Crops were dried up from the previous harvest season, stored food had run out, and the most vulnerable family members like children and the elderly were desperately hungry. Malnourishment was wreaking havoc amongst the families, with many turning to eating certain kinds of dirt and clay due to the very trace amounts of vitamins found in the dry soil.
They prayed for emergency food assistance. They prayed for a new supply of crop seeds to plant. They prayed for rain.
Everyday, Mrs. Cruz wakes up in a make-shift shelter in a landfill near Santiago, Dominican Republic.
The first question she asks herself is, "How will my husband and I feed our children today?"
This is reality for around 600 families living in a landfill referred to as "Hoyo de Bartola" or "The Hole."
"He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
'Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!'"
- Psalm 46:9-10
South Sudan is the world's newest nation.
It was officially established as a country in 2011 independent of Sudan after decades of civil war. Ever since gaining independence, it has been suffering through vicious and violent inner turmoil. Some say the conflict is caused by fighting over abundant oil fields. Some say it is caused by competition over livestock. Most say that it is caused by political power struggle paired with deep-rooted ethnic differences.
No matter the cause, the current violence and often-failed peace treaties have forced more than a million people in the region to flee their home villages in search of safety. Unfortunately for these internally displaced families, the warring army factions have also closed off the borders with neighboring countries to which the families may flee. This makes transporting of any international aid supplies into South Sudan extremely difficult, and it makes fleeing the country from inside nearly impossible.
"While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him." - Luke 5:12-13
Contrary to popular belief, leprosy still exists.
According to the World Health Organization, leprosy is "a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, and the eyes."
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." - James 1:27
As we approach the fall season, the IDES Staff and Board starts getting excited about the annual Harvest of Talents events, currently hosted by 6-7 churches throughout the U.S.
In the Fall of 1983, Pat Snyder, a member of Lincoln Christian Church in Illinois, felt conviction in her heart after hearing the preacher's comments on the extreme hunger needs throughout the world. Pat decided that she was going to do whatever she could to help those who were hungry.
Severe drought conditions and extreme summer heat have caused hunger, dehydration, and acute health problems throughout much of India. In the month of May temperatures topped 120°F in several regions. As a result, there were reports of heat related deaths in multiple states.