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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”By ICC’s India Correspondent” font_container=”tag:h6|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1590583160183{margin-bottom: 22px !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”116641″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]05/26/2020 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, India went into a national lockdown to slow the spread of the virus. The lockdown, announced by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours before it was enforced, left millions cut off and facing many challenges, including the loss of an income.

This desperate situation also affected India’s church planters, pastors, and Christian evangelists. As social restrictions were enforced, these Christian leaders were unable to gather their communities for worship and their families soon faced hunger.

My primary source of income is from church offerings,” Pastor Kuluram Gamer told International Christian Concern (ICC). “Many of my congregants are from the villages, most of them are daily laborers, and they are struggling to feed themselves.

Pastor Gamer, a 28-year-old church planter, shuttles between the villages on a bicycle provided by ICC’s Bibles and Bikes for India Initiative. He uses this bicycle to share the Gospel with those who have never heard its message and to lead worship at the churches he has planted.

With India’s COVID-19 restrictions strictly enforced, Pastor Gamer was no longer able to visit these villages and gather the congregations to who he regularly preached. This left him without the income he earns from weekly worship gatherings.

I was troubled and thinking how I could manage to provide for my family after a couple of days,” Pastor Gamer explained to ICC.

In response to Pastor Gamer and other similar testimonies, ICC started a campaign to support persecuted Christians affected by COVID-19. In India, this meant providing food to Pastor Gamer and hundreds of other Christian leaders similarly affected by the pandemic.

Praise God for He is faithful in the middle of this crisis,” Pastor Gamer told ICC after receiving food aid. “I also thank ICC for helping me with this ration. I don’t have to worry for the next month.”

I believe the help from ICC is an answered prayer,” Pastor Gamer concluded.

Pastor Gamer and thousands of other church planters, pastors, and Christian evangelists, across India still find themselves in difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date ICC has served over 300 families in India and will continue providing critical food aid as long as these Christian leaders are in need.

Please consider giving to ICC’s COVID-19 Crisis Fund today!

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