Freihiwot, a 12 year old girl in rural Ethiopia, walked 30 minutes one way twice a day to gather contaminated water for her family from a dirty little stream nearby.
It was the only water source her village had for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing. During the summer months, drought conditions set in quickly, forcing little Freihiwot and other children like her to travel to and from the dirty stream even more than twice a day, just to keep their families hydrated.
Unfortunately, the water from this dirty stream would often cause Freihiwot and her family to become sick. But, it was all they had.
At the core of every human being, there is a deep sense of longing. You've felt it before.
Longing for what, you might ask?
I believe that we are all longing to belong. Think about it. Many of the most life-transforming moments in our stories involve this longing being fulfilled in some way.
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.
What is your favorite way to witness?
We could easily identify a dozen or more witnessing styles based on examples found in the Gospels, the book of Acts, and other New Testament passages. I want to focus this brief article on just one.
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.
I think most of us that travel to help further the Gospel, whether it’s across the ocean or across the county, have it in our minds that we are going to do great things for God.
And we have to, otherwise we wouldn’t step out of our comfort zone to be used by God. But maybe you’re like me.
I get so excited about the possibilities that could happen while serving that I often forget that what I’m doing might not reap a harvest of saved souls while I’m around to see it. Is what I’m doing still important?
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.
Have you ever been desperate?
I am talking about hitting rock bottom.
The situation was such you didn’t know what do. You were empty and anxious. You were tired and weak. Your resources were spent. You were broken. You needed help.
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.