July
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2022
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Thank you, New Ground Churches for your faithful partnership with Compassion. We are so grateful for your heart for children and their families living in poverty. You are an encouragement to many of us at Compassion. We see how your financial and prayerful support empowers our church partners around the world. We see how God is at work through lives transformed and hope restored because you’ve heeded His call to serve children and their families who are going through challenging times.

Global Hunger Crisis

Your support has been particularly needed at this time as the world faces one of its biggest challenges. Global hunger is now on the rise for the first time in six years. The years of extreme weather patterns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine have all combined to create great food insecurity. Not only is food scarce in many countries where Compassion works, but it is also becoming extremely expensive to purchase. And it’s people living in poverty – mostly vulnerable women and children – who are suffering the most. According to the World Food Programme, 276 million people were facing acute food insecurity at the start of 2022. Their lives and livelihoods were in immediate danger because of their restricted access to food.

You can see the latest video update from Compassion’s head of global programme, Sidney Muisyo, for more information:

 

 

The Human Cost

I find these numbers heart-breaking, because each one represents a person in great need. They are people God has put in our path to extend His mercy and provision. They are mothers like Carla who queued outside Compassion’s frontline church partner in Brazil to beg for food for her three children. Alone and with no job opportunity, especially during the pandemic, she relied on the church as the most crucial support to feed her family. In Ethiopia, mother Abiyot is facing a similar desperate challenge. She has a family of seven to feed, and a roof to keep over their heads, but part of the pandemic lockdown measures meant she could no longer work as a cook for the local school.

God’s Word Commands It

You can’t get away from it in scripture – God’s heart for us is to care for the poor. In Isaiah 58:6-7, the Lord rebukes Israel, His chosen people, stating:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

This is echoed in the New Testament:

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

The Apostolic mandate to the Church still applies today ‘’All that we ask is that you continue to remember the poor’’. Galatians 2:10

Compassion’s Response

Praise God that churches all over the world are heeding this call for practical care and support. Compassion works with more than 8,500 local church partners all over the globe and each partner is trained to identify malnutrition and hunger as well as take immediate action to address them. They know their communities intimately and are well placed to help. With the support of financial donations from thousands of people around the world, they are empowered to deal with this crisis in two ways:

  1. For immediate needs they are providing food packs and cash transfers.
  2. For the long term, they are providing seeds, fertiliser, livestock, and training on how to build and maintain home gardens and small-scale farms.

There are millions more like Carla and Abiyot around the world who still need our support.

Please Pray With Us

Not only is Compassion currently raising funds, but we are praying that God will end this global hunger crisis. Please join with us and pray for:

  • God’s mercy and provision as families try to survive with what little they have.
  • Our local frontline church partners who are responding to meet the needs of people who are coming to them for help.
  • Conflicts to cease and for global food supply chains to be restored.

You can find out more at www.compassionuk.org