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India’s Christians are often last in line for help. Even before the pandemic they were isolated, rejected and despised by their communities. Today they face an even bigger obstacle. Starvation.
It’s a difficult word to hear. It’s so stark and dramatic. But it’s also the reality that Open Doors partners like Akash ‘ are seeing every day: “People are so scared. They are not able to provide even a single meal for their family. We have to help them – even if it’s risky.”
Lockdown meant many Indians lost their jobs. Christians are often among the poorest in Indian society, depending on daily wages to survive. With no money, they have no food. On top of this , in many places they’re neglected when aid is distributed , because of their faith .
Open Doors partners are courageously taking vital relief to those who need food and are denied it. And this is only possible thanks to the generosity of supporters, despite the uncertainties of the crisis in our own nation.
If you are able to give, please continue to do so. Every PHP2550 could provide emergency items like flour, rice, tea, salt, oil, potatoes, soap and masks to last a family a month. And please pray for God’s protection.
Kirti came to faith in Christ after she was healed by God in a worship service. However, she and her husband faced severe persecution from their community for leaving their traditional Hindu faith – and finally they killed her husband. Open Doors local partners provided Kirti and her children with vital support. She says, “Thanks to your care and love, I’m still alive and a follower of Jesus today.”
Now, incredibly, Kirti has gone back to her village to shine as a light for Christ, even to the people who killed her husband. She says, “My village people want to chase me out. The people often threaten to kill me. I pray for the salvation of my village and I believe that my village will receive that salvation.”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:35-37
But Kirti is not out of danger and her needs are still great, along with thousands of other Christians like Kirti—countless men, women, young adults and children—who have made the commitment to follow Jesus in a Hindu world.
Join Kirti in praying that her courageous witness will lead many from her community to faith in Christ. Pray also for protection and provision for Kirti and her children.
If you are able to give, please continue to do so. Every PHP 2000 could provide emergency items like flour, rice, tea, salt, oil, potatoes, soap and masks to last a family a month. And please pray for God’s protection.
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