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!
During the autumn months in the U.S., local churches in multiple states host Harvest of Talents events to raise money for world hunger relief through IDES.
Countless individuals donate their time, talent, and creativity in order to produce and sell hand-crafted items and services. All of the funds that are raised, 100%, go towards feeding hungry families in Jesus' name. Throughout the year, these funds provide nutritious food on a monthly basis, as IDES' mission partners build relationships to share the Gospel.
IDES recently received two heart-warming letters of thanksgiving from two mission partners working in Kenya, which has suffered under severe drought for several months this year.
Thanks to your generosity, families in rural Tanzania received nutritious food during the recent drought which has severely affected these communities. We were blessed to receive this report from our mission partners there who work with CMFI, a long-time partnering organization with IDES. Their mission workers articulated this report beautifully, so we wanted to share it in their own words.
"How do I know my money is going to actually help people?"
As an international nonprofit organization, we get asked this question often. Integrity is one of IDES' Core Values, and we seek to handle the generosity of our faithful supporters with honesty and trustworthiness, down to the last penny. You matter to us, and your questions of concern matter to us. When it comes to working in the mission field, there are many legitimate worries that arise in certain countries. "What if inflation spikes in the country and the money doesn't go as far?" or "What if a corrupt local government attempts to steal the aid?" are both sincere questions.
By working with local mission partners who are members of the very communities they serve, IDES seeks to answer your hard questions by using local strategies and wise approaches to avoid corruption and to prevent interruption of the projects. Recently, IDES' mission partner in Niger shared their story about the strategy they used to distribute emergency food that you lovingly provided to nearly 5,000 hungry people in 14 separate villages.
Since the news cycle is not reporting on this, you might not know:
As you are reading this post, there are families in Africa who do not know where they may find their next meal. Grandparents, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters are all currently experiencing the pangs of hunger due to ongoing drought and in some areas, violent conflict. Cattle have died, water has dried up, and crops have failed. Outside assistance is absolutely necessary in these countries, and lives are literally at stake.
In order to provide emergency food, we need you. You can make hope possible for these families right now by donating online here, and choosing "Africa Famine Relief 2017" as your designation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The little girls and boys walked up eagerly to our mission partner, shivering in their barely-thick-enough clothing for the cooler temperatures of winter in India.
Due to the vicious inequality of the caste system, these precious children and their families are trapped in the grips of poverty with little help or notice from their surrounding communities. This leads to nearly constant food insecurity, and a severe lack of resources -- many of them living in little more than mud-and-garbage huts. Thanks to your love, they recently received food and blankets from IDES in the name of Jesus.
Each of the children's mothers smiled at our partner, tears welling up in their eyes in gratitude as a clean, warm blanket and a package of food was handed to them.