All year long, your creativity and generosity provides help and hope to the hungry through IDES' Harvest of Talents (HOT) program.
It says in 1 Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." Your willingness to take this verse to heart has led to the 15 separate HOT programs that are currently serving the most vulnerable and undernourished around the world as you read this article.
One of these HOT programs is managed through our partner mission in the Pokot region of Kenya. This region is home to multiple churches that operate nursery-aged schools, and that reach out to many families in the surrounding community with elderly and/or disabled members.
The Pokot region of Kenya is known for its particularly arid climate, which often leads to devastating drought conditions and food insecurity. Just last year, these communities were hit hard, causing desperate hunger and undernourishment. By God's grace, the seasonal rains have come on time this year, richly blessing your investment of providing emergency food relief and maize seed for planting.
"The long seasonal rains have now started all over Kenya including the Pokot region, and the people are now very busy clearing the bushes and tilling the land all over in readiness for the planting season using the very seeds sent by the IDES," our partner reported. "The seeds and the relief food benefited both the church members and the community at large. The IDES seeds are blessed a lot since we had a bumper harvest last season. This is because we prayed to God to bless it before we put it into the earth. We hope the undernourished old women and men both will gain an instant strength from the food that was supplied, and also get enough energy to till their land."
We join our partners in their prayers, and in their thanksgiving for your love for them!
The emergency food that was provided in addition to the seeds mentioned above is being used to provide a nutritious lunch for all of the nursery-school children each day.
"For many children the meal served at lunch may be the only hot meal they get, especially when family food supplies run low. It assures that these vulnerable little ones get the sustenance they need for their little bones and brains to be nourished and strong during their early developing years," our partner said.
Some of the emergency food is also being given to elderly widows and disabled family members. We asked our partner to share a few brief testimonies from them with you.
"We are now witnessing some glowing faces among the vulnerable members in the community thanks to the relief food from the IDES. We give Glory to God and we pray for you people. We praise God for IDES faithful support for the people who live in these arid places where life is marginal at best and desperate during the dry times. Your partnership has strengthened the churches and been a shining light for Jesus in dark places"
This is what your creativity and generosity makes possible!