An update from Tearfund
In the middle of this pandemic, it can be hard not to dwell on feelings of fear and anxiety – at times I certainly have. But I want to share with you three reasons why I’m feeling incredibly thankful. I hope they will encourage you, as they have me, during this time.
Our global team is providing a truly global response to help tackle this pandemic
Tearfund is present in more than 50 countries and we are doing all we can to stand with the most vulnerable people at this time.
People in poverty will be hit hardest by coronavirus. Millions do not have access to healthcare. Vital medical equipment, such as ventilators, is scarce. And for many families, being in lockdown means they are no longer able to earn money to feed their children. In places where malnutrition is already a problem, even more people face starvation.
We are adapting our programmes and finding new ways to safely support people in need, making sure no one is left behind.
Such as in Afghanistan, where one of our local partners is providing counselling services for staff, patients and their families at a hospital set up to treat patients with coronavirus. We are working alongside the health ministry in Afghanistan to distribute Personal Protective Equipment, to limit the spread and help those on the frontline safely serve people in need.
In Burundi more than half of all children suffer from malnutrition. Our feeding centres provide lifesaving support to new mothers and their babies. Determined to continue this vital service if the country goes into lockdown, our local partners have made plans to use home delivery kits. This will make sure vulnerable families still get the food and help they need to overcome malnutrition and survive.
The church is at its most effective being salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16)
Rosa Camargo de Bravo, who leads Tearfund’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean says that ‘the temple is closed, but the church is not.’ And I couldn’t agree more as I see churches around the world united in stepping forward to help people in need.
Tearfund was born out of the compassion and generosity of the local church. And the church remains our greatest partner. We’re training pastors to raise awareness of coronavirus to counter misinformation and limit the spread. This will make sure that vital public health information reaches even more people – particularly those who are marginalised and at risk.
Generosity knows no bounds
We’re so grateful to have supporters like you, who even in the midst of a lockdown, are looking for ways to help people living in poverty battling this new threat. Thank you for your faithfulness to those we serve. As I speak to our teams around the world, they continue to share how much they value your prayers and support.
The threat is significant, and we want to do all we can to adapt and set up new programmes to make sure that vulnerable communities are not devastated by coronavirus.
These are challenging times for us all. But I know God remains in control. He is close to poor and brokenhearted people. We will weather this crisis as we have always done – by standing together in prayer and by following Jesus where the need is greatest.