Here in the United States, we recently celebrated Thanksgiving. Turkeys were roasted, plates were shared, and homes were full of fellowship.
Whether celebrating with family or reconnecting with friends, sharing a meal together provides a unique opportunity. While gathered around a table, conversation happens. People feel welcomed, like they belong. This often leads to a more open posture towards sharing one's stories and thoughts. It's part of what makes Thanksgiving so important to us. For those who know Jesus, sharing a meal together can be one of the most effective and sincere ways to invite people in who do not yet know Him.
In Brazil, one of IDES' partner missions takes this opportunity seriously in spreading the love of Christ in their local community.
This past August, a flood occurred in the outer regions of the capital of Sierra Leone, triggering a major mudslide that killed hundreds and displaced thousands of people.
"Every year it floods in Freetown, and every year people are displaced, and every year people exaggerate about the true impact of the floods, so when I first heard about the flood I did not think much of it," IDES' partner in the region said. Little did he know that this was much worse than anything he had witnessed before.
It started just before dinner time.
While all of the adults in the village were finishing their days' work in the fields, the children were responsible for preparing the evening meal. In the rural hillsides of Myanmar, these families rely upon fire for cooking each day. It is the children's responsibility to cook and to complete other household chores, as there are very few schools in the area for them to attend. The children had completed their tasks many times prior without any difficulty. But, on this particular evening, an accident occurred. One of the cooking fires started by the children jumped from its pit, sparking over the ground and floor nearby.
We are thrilled to announce that during the food-packing events this coming weekend on Saturday, November 4th, 2017, volunteers from Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN and from New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, IN will be packing our ONE MILLIONTH MEAL for the year of 2017!
IDES has never packed 1,000,000 meals in a single calendar year before, so we are excited to set this new record and pass this milestone! In order to celebrate this moment in IDES history, we produced a brand new promo video for our Food-Packing Program in order to highlight just how special it is for us and for our volunteers.
Thank you to each of you who have made this moment possible for IDES this year, whether through your hard-work in volunteering at a food-packing event or through your generous financial contribution. You are making hope possible!