Recently, one of IDES' faithful mission partners in the Philippines who specializes in medical care for families who are underserved decided to pursue a new venture in community development. They knew well that one of our Five Focus areas is Development & Sustainability, and they could see the massive potential that projects with this focus have for lifting families out of poverty and on to their own two feet.
So, they prayed, considered, then took the risk for the sake of showing the love of Christ to their neighbors. As you will soon find out, the risk was worth it and their execution was well-organized and effective.
Instead of paraphrasing and condensing our partner's report, we want to share their own words with you. (Click "Read More"...)
India is a country of deep suffering for people of the lowest caste of society, and of fearsome persecution for those who follow Jesus Christ.
On top of the social-systemic problems, the effects of poverty and often harsh natural conditions like drought trap many within the confines of hardship. The culture of India has long favored males over females, therefore widows, single mothers, and other women are often the most vulnerable to these hardships.
Thanks to your generosity, families in a rural village in India were provided emergency food, cows and goats in order to develop a sustainable source of food and income. Here are four stories from women in this village (names have been eliminated due to safety concerns) who received animals and food, and were shown first-hand the love of Jesus Christ.
The scent of fresh summer rain has not graced the villages in the elevated, rocky area of India for several months, since the last monsoon season.
It has been oppressively hot and devastatingly dry. Not only have the cattle been thirsty, but even more so the families living in these villages. When it is not monsoon season, these families must walk for hours to the lower-lying areas where some limited surface water has gathered. This is just to find enough water necessary to survive, carrying it back up the foothills to their villages.
It was another hot, arid day in the desperately dry country of Tanzania. It has not rained in the region (and surrounding countries) for many months, which has led to both an economic and physical crisis for rural villages with little resources. For IDES' mission partners in Tanzania, trips to certain villages are not always very uplifting.
But this day was different, thanks to you.
The local church members anxiously gathered around the large deep-bore drill as it loudly hammered into the ground. They had been desperate for access to clean water for so long, and the hot Ugandan sun beating down on them only heightened their eager concern. Not only would the well provide clean water for the church members, but also it would serve as a vital outreach to the rest of the community.
The operator continued to press the lever down, sweating as he encouraged the drill hammer deeper and deeper. Then, all of a sudden, a loud "crack" came from inside the machine. The drill hammer had broken, unable to burrow through the thick layer of hard rock deep underground.
The operator and his colleagues had done all they could do. The church members, totally deflated, began looking at each other with sadness, many of them asking, "what now?".
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.
People in our world are suffering. But, YOU can make hope possible. Find out how in this video and share to spread the word!
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!
We recently celebrated a successful well drilling partnership in Togo, West Africa.
Our mission partners in Togo are working in a remote region where there are few believers in Christ Jesus. The area lacks a reliable water supply and has no electricity.
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.