Modern Loaves and Fishes
By Rebecca Horgan
07/31/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Back in April, ICC launched an initiative to bring relief to persecuted families devastated by COVID-19 and the lockdowns that followed. As you have read over the past few months, the pandemic devastated persecuted communities all over the world in unique ways.
What began as a simple goal to bring food packages to Christian families in need quickly evolved into a movement. In only a month, you helped us raise almost $300,000 to deliver emergency food packages.
When COVID-19 and its accompanying lockdowns hit in full force, we were hearing reports of some of our brothers and sisters even eating grass to fill their bellies and curb their hunger. From the comfort of the West, it’s difficult to imagine that level of desperation.
But as time wore on, because of our donors, desperation turned to hope. Report after report poured in from our international staff of families receiving the aid they so desperately needed. Here are just a few!
Upon receiving the aid, Ruby, an elderly Pakistani woman, told ICC, “I thank you for considering me eligible for the foodstuff. This food aid is like ‘providing life’ to my family. I had almost started begging from wealthy people. Therefore, I appreciate this food assistance. I am an elderly woman. My children are daily wagers and there isn’t any opportunity outside to earn money. This food aid means a lot for us.” As a result of the food aid, Ruby’s family could purchase necessities or continue to save for future needs.
For some victims of persecution, this aid meant that their children would not have to go to sleep hungry:
“I am happy and thankful to God as He has sent you people to feed us, the hungry. I have spent almost two months without income and I have taken a loan from a shopkeeper and will have to return [it to] him with interest. This food aid for my family is like a gift of God because we never expected it, but we have it. Now, my children at least will not go to bed without food,” said Nasir Bashir, a persecuted Christian from Pakistan.
As we developed this campaign, we felt similar to the young boy in the gospels who offered up his humble lunch of loaves and fishes. Jesus accepted the boy’s simple offering and multiplied it, performing one of the greatest miracles of all time, the feeding of the five thousand. With our humble efforts to answer the call of great need from our brother and sister, the Lord has done a great work! In fact, thousands of families who were rescued can now feed their children again. We are honored and eternally grateful for the role that we have been blessed to play.
While we have seen the Lord perform a mighty work over the recent months, we are grateful that He has allowed us to continue serving. COVID-19 has left a lasting impact on persecuted communities around the world. Through microloans and grants for small businesses, we will be providing many families with a way of digging out of the massive financial hole they find themselves in.
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