"For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock." - Psalm 27:5
We just celebrated the 4th of July holiday, a day that we celebrate the freedom we have as Americans by blowing up thousands of dollars of fireworks and feasting on our favorite grilled meats.
It is safe to say that there are some things that we may take for granted from time to time. To Americans, these things may seem like no big deal. To others, these things are the basic necessities of life and are extremely difficult to secure for one's family, especially during a time of crisis.
Two of the things that we take for granted are food and shelter.
Most of us have a roof over our heads, and our bellies are rarely empty. Perhaps, we don't even stop to think about these two things on a daily basis. When it's time for lunch, it's time for lunch. When it's time to go home, it's time to go home.
What if you didn't have any lunch to eat? What if your home was destroyed while you were at work today? These situations really do happen to real people, just like you - both in America and elsewhere.
Back in January, there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake near the Manipur region of India. It wasn't major enough to be broadcasted by popular news outlets; however, many families' homes and food-sources were damaged or destroyed.
"The earthquake-affected people were promised all kinds of gifts, but none is forthcoming from the Government side," our partner in the region said.
The damage was done, and then these families felt abandoned by the local government. There was still no easy access to basic necessities, and their shelter was gone. That's when the body of Christ stepped in.
Because of the generosity of our donors and supporters, IDES was able to partner with the local Christian church in the area to provide food and corrugated metal sheeting to the suffering families. The food filled the gap in their diets until access to their normal food sources was restored, and the metal sheeting was used to rebuild and strengthen the structures of their homes.
"The people are so happy, praising God because of your love and concern for their unfortunate sufferings," our partner said.
God moved in beautiful ways through this project. The community was so blessed by the provision that local newspapers even began to notice the excitement unfolding. One such paper even featured an article written by our partnering pastor who was in charge of the distribution, proclaiming the love of God publicly and openly.
As you finish out your week, remember to be thankful for the food you are eating and the shelter you go home to. Also, remember to pray for the families around the world who are experiencing the loss and heartbreak of disaster, and give generously to support them during their time of need as Christ has called us to do.