As the monsoon rains continued to fall in their rural village in India, the farming families were helpless as the warm, muddy water seeped into their modest clay homes.
Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters huddled together in the center of the room as the flash-flood gradually soaked their feet and ankles, rising carelessly around their belongings. The water quickly turned the lower-half of the walls of their homes into moldy mush, easily eroding the clay away.
"What do we do now? Is God punishing us for something?" many of them thought to themselves, pondering about what little resources they had left. Then, your love showed up.
This particular village is primarily families of farmers, many of which are actually already followers of Jesus. More often than not, the communities we work in have not been fully reached with the Gospel; however, God blessed us in this case with the opportunity to help and encourage our already-reached brothers and sisters in Christ during their time of need.
"Though they are very poor farmers, and the majority living in mud huts, they are hardworking and faithful Christians who, through their crops and other resources, maintain their church building and pay their minister," our partner in the area said.
In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul urges the believers in the city of Corinth to generously provide for the immediate needs of the poor believers in Jerusalem who were facing the immanent threat of starving to death during the famine in Judea.
"You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others," Paul writes in verse 11-13.
Without the love and compassionate support of the believers in Corinth, the believers in Jerusalem would have been left without hope, perhaps even feeling alone or left behind by their brothers and sisters in Christ. Praise God that the believers in Corinth responded generously after Paul's instruction! The believers in Jerusalem were helped and given hope.
In this farming village in India, you played the role of the believers in Corinth. Your love showed up at just the right time to bless our brothers and sisters in their greatest hour of need. When it seemed like there was no hope, your generosity provided for them through IDES.
Over 60 people (many pictured below) were directly served by repairing or rebuilding their destroyed homes following the flood. These Christian brothers and sisters of ours now have sturdy, concrete, flood-proof houses to call "home" thanks to you.
"The physical and spiritual impact of this project on the lives of those who were helped cannot be overstated," our partner said. "The loss of home for those who are economically vulnerable is a devastation that would be nearly impossible to recover from without help...Through believers in the US and IDES, this project allowed these families suffering from misfortune to get back on their feet. It was an answer to prayer and the avenue for God’s provision."
Praise God! Thank you for taking His call seriously that we are blessed in order to be a blessing. Our work would not be possible without you.