The pandemic brought several different challenges to India:
The Government tried to help but the task is huge.
Our church network helped people in Delhi’s slums by providing food for those most in need. For migrant workers who were travelling by foot back to their home villages, we provided packets of cooked rice with vegetables and bottles of water. We also gave this to people living in temporary shelters who had no food or water. Every two days we were distributing 300-400 packets of food, with another NGO doing this on the alternate days. By July we had given out 8,000 food packets.
We also gave groceries to needy families, enough to support four family members for three weeks. We’d repeat this every three weeks. We would call people to the church one by one to give them a bag of food or take the food parcels to people in their homes. We gave this food to needy church members and also non-Christians who were in need. They were struck by what the church was doing for them that no-one else was.
We distributed the food parcels to the slum communities surrounding our church’s five locations, reaching 1,000 families in total. In most cases we were able share about Christ and pray for them. Eight non-Christian families have since come to the church for prayer, saying that only Jesus can help them in this situation.
This work was only possible thanks to Christians across the globe who prayed and gave financially. Though in lockdown in various parts of the world, these brothers and sisters played a real part in gospel mission here in Delhi.
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