"The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!" - Psalm 93:3-4
It's already been over 2 months since the torrential downpours began in the crowded country of India. More than 400 people were killed, and over a 1.8 million displaced. Most recent estimates project damages to be in the billions of dollars.
Since the onset, IDES and our partners in India have been responding via the local churches in several regions that were greatly affected. We sent out a humble appeal to our donors just after news broke of the disaster, and the generous response has already majorly assisted our partners in being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ within their respective communities.
"The purpose of the project is to help flood victims who have lost things in the recent floods with heavy rains. It is to reach people of many villages to give the Relief help of IDES at the time of their need. Reached Villages and Churches along with local preachers distributed the help to the people," reported our partner missionary.
With your help, over $53,000 were raised, and over 12,000 people were assisted. Response efforts included the purchase and distribution of emergency food, clean water, cooking products, medicines, clothing, blankets, and raw materials for rebuilding. Our mission partners assured us that follow-up meetings and trips to these specific villages will be made to continue to build the relationships instigated through the local churches during the distributions. It is the mission of IDES to meet physical and spiritual needs of suffering people in Jesus's name, and the response in India is a beautiful example of how this mission is accomplished through the local church on both sides of the world.
"And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." - 1 Thessalonians 5:14
We strive to continue to follow this example in Scripture. It is only possible through the grace of God upon us, and because of your faithful partnership. The way that God multiplies your blessings is nothing short of a miracle, and it often results in testimonies like this:
"No one helped us in this needy condition and this is the help we received first time and we are so thankful to you," wrote one preacher in the villages assisted. Another recipient said, "We are so much encouraged in our faith with help from saints with love for us. I am so happy to share that a new family attended the Church in the next week of the help we received. Thanks to IDES!"
Response to the flooding and efforts to share the gospel with the lost will continue in India in the coming weeks as we eagerly await the next opportunity to serve our Lord Jesus during times of crisis.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for coming alongside of us, as we come alongside of those suffering.