“I just got these pictures in and my heart is broken for these people,” shares K.P. Yohannan, founder of GFA. “Pastors on the mission field are calling me because they need help trying to take care of people. This is a huge opportunity for the church to show Christ’s love in word and deed.”
The photos we just received from our field partners in Northwest India show crowds of people literally begging for food. The people are migrant labourers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus lockdown in India. They no longer have anywhere to live and are living on the streets or under bridges. Some of them are on the way back to their homes, but they have nothing to eat.
The line stretches almost as far as the eye can see. The people aren’t spaced out in a socially distant queue, because they are desperate, and they are starving to death. Men, women, young, old—they haven’t eaten in many days. Massive crowds have gathered and are trying to find food to provide for their families.
The government is trying to do what they can, but the need is so great.
GFA-supported churches in the region are doing everything they can to help. Bishop Martin mor Aprem, one of our field leaders, is organizing food distribution programs to help as many people as possible.
“The bishop tries to keep social distancing, but people are grabbing food from his hand, and he could not control the crowd,” reported another field leader.
Our continued prayer is that God provides for the needs of these precious people. This is an incredible opportunity for the Body of Christ to reach out and show His love.