Saturday, November 14, 2020

From the Mission Field l Feed a Family for a Lifetime

Food for a Lifetime

Did you know India ranks number one in countries where poverty is likely to rise the most due to Covid-19? (Brookings Institution) Sending food kits worked during the lockdown, saving many lives. But India's severe economic downturn and crushing job loss could last indefinitely. We need a better, long-term, sustainable way to restore hope to thousands of struggling families.

Chickens Change Lives

Pastor Saha sent this video from the mission field where Sabin Raj, a KGM family member, shows how he raises chickens in his backyard. This has made a world of difference for him and his family: food security, extra income, and most of all a hopeful future. Like many small business owners, Sabin started small and grew his business. Today his 5 hens produce 300 eggs a month and chicks to sell at market that provide a reliable food source for his family and a steady stream of monthly income. He also raises ducks and goats.

 And it all started with a handful of chickens. 

Many of our Kerusomen pastors, widows, and daily wage laborer families are suffering from crushing job loss and rising food prices caused by the pandemic. In good times these families survive on as little as $1.90 a day.  Now with factories shuttered, construction halted, and the tourist industry decimated, the future of these families looks bleaker than ever before. The fear of disease is keeping employers unwilling to re-open; the well-to-do won't allow domestic help to enter their homes, Unlike America, Indian citizens have no government safety net to fall back on. Help from the outside is their only hope...

And that's why Sabin Raj's story is so important. Raising backyard animals is something even a disabled widow can do. And with a small start (one goat or five chickens) families can build a thriving supplemental income that will continue when their jobs return or a full-time one, if they desire. So when we saw Sabin's video, we got excited. It was an answer to prayer

As always, God's plan is so much bigger than we imagine.

We think BAG of food. He says BUILD a business.

God doesn't want to provide food for a day, a week or even a month. He offers us the blessing of joining Him in a transformational mission: providing food and income for entire communities, creating businesses that will last generations. 

As the holidays approach, you can give a gift that lasts a lifetime. Prayerfully consider partnering with us to provide 65 goats and 500 chickens to abandoned widows and struggling families in India. A gift of just $25 can create lasting change and a make a huge difference.

Watch a short video from Tom Caprio, KGM president, to find your best Gift of Hope!

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