There is no denying that we live in very challenging times. In a matter of a few weeks our world has changed. Today, all over our world, there are a lot of individuals and families who are suffering poverty and despair both physically and mentally. But in the midst of this there is hope and good news.
In this, our church magazine, we aim to bring good news and hope. Perhaps the greatest positive is the way neighbourhoods and families are working and supporting each other. We have seen and heard about these experiences of people in World War II. Many of these are happening today.
But there is
something even more amazing; the One who created it all loves you and
cares about every detail of your life. When you are weak, He is strong.
When you blow it, he forgives you. The Bible says, “If anyone does
sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is
Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the
sacrifice that atones for our sins”.
God’s grace is truly amazing. You don’t have to do anything to deserve it. Because God is your Father, you can all home anytime and find a welcome. You’re connected to the one who understands our weaknesses for He faced all the same tests that we do yet He did not sin. So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. You’re connected to unending mercy and grace-how awesome is that?
In March AMEN Trustees started hearing from AMEN partners across the world that not only were thousands of people being killed by the Covid virus, but that there was a desperate shortage of food and other household supplies as well.
The Charity AMEN made an
appeal. The expectation was that we would pick up a number of modest
donations, but that people in UK would have enough problems of their own
make major donations! We have been
amazed that nearly £50,000 has been donated already, and money
is still coming in. This has gone out to people we know working in
India, Africa, Philippines, Romania and has enabled them to bless
thousands of people in many ways. One after another has responded by
telling us that these donations were answers to prayer.
Below is an
update from one of our friends –
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Our friend writes
greetings in Jesus Name! We as a family would like to thank you
for you love and concern towards us. We never thought of receiving this gift from
you. God has answered our prayers.
Our leadership asked us to close down all the
projects and our office here because we did not have enough funds to pay
the rents. They wished us to close down everything in July. We were very
sad to close down the sewing schools. But we believed that God would
help us to re open the centres again.
One of the house owners was very strict and
asked us to pay the rent immediately. Some deposit is with him and
we had to pay little more. So we took some of the money you sent us to
pay the house rent.
One of our staff who lives in slum with two
boys. They do not have any food. Last time we bought a small amount of
food for them which they
stretched to last for two weeks. Thank God that we could buy some more
food items for two more weeks. His wife was suspected of having corona
and been isolated in a hospital.
Another staff is a young widow with a daughter.
Gave her some money to buy food item.
An old man who lives in a hut was very sick.
Took him to hospital and did some medical help. We also gave some money
to his neighbour to give him lunch everyday till 6th June. We can’t go
to the area every day.
Now we can’t go out as someone got corona in
our flats, so the gates are closed today. Yesterday early morning we
went to a village where we had our sewing project. Gave 13 widows (who do not have any income or no one to help them) each
500 Rs (£5) .
This evening she delivered a baby boy. Husband and wife are so
grateful and with tears thanked you. I told them that my friend Jesus
gave this money to them.
An old couple who was in real need. He is very
sick and in the bed for few years and she is a diabetic. Because she
didn’t take treatment, she became very sick. I asked one of my
friends to buy the medicine as well gave some money to a hotel to give
them breakfast and dinner every day for 15 days.
A girl (11
years) was coming to our tuition
centre and we help her studies. Her father is addicted to alcohol,
beating the wife and children. He lives on the street. The wife is
very sick and the girl phoned us and told that the father is
planning to sell her into the bond labour. I informed one of our tuition
teachers to go immediately to rescue her and help the mother. Now the
girl is with the tuition teacher. She is very young, left by her
husband. So we sent some money to the tuition teacher to take care of
the girl and to buy food item for both of them as well for the girl’s
mother and brother.
Another poor family in my village we helped
them. Husband and wife are blind. The son is partially blind. We are
helping this boy’s education. His father used to do a small job
but now no job. They have no food, now the whole family is going to
different houses and begging. But they are not able to have even
one meal. We bought groceries, the needed things and asked them not to
beg. His wife has swollen legs and have some skin problems. We
also arranged to buy slippers for two of them.
Three of our missionaries were suffering
without having enough food. So we sent each 1000 Rs (£19) to buy
groceries. A missionary bought food items and groceries and shared among
them. They send their thanks to you.
A missionary family is suffering without
electricity. She has a small child, the climate is very hot. Found it
hard to mix the milk in the night. They spent lot of money for
buying candles. There is a small inverter which costs 2300 Rs and
we gave the money to buy. Now they can use one light and night they can
use the fan for some time. Now the climate is 108 degree here.
This is what prayer and £800 can do