COVID-19 | Supporting our Partners
Help support children and families during the outbreak
On Sunday, a day before our local climbing gym was shut down, I spoke with a kindergarten teacher about the school closures. “I just worry for my kids,” she said to me. “There are four and five-year-olds in my class who really depend on me - where I’m their only source of stability on a day-to-day basis. My heart breaks for them."
In times of confusion and fear, we can forget that the impact of this Coronavirus will weigh most heavily on the vulnerable. It’s true here in Canada as well as internationally. It’s true for the 60 HIV+ children at our partner School in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp. It’s true for First Nations youth at the church-run drop-in centre in Thunder Bay.
It’s true for two sisters I met earlier this month in Tanzania (pictured here) who walk 17km to school each day to attend the Amani School – and who depend on its feeding program.
At a time when it’s tempting to turn inward, I’m convicted that now is the time to step up and encourage our partners around the world. Now is the time to be hopeful, because we have Hope, and to be generous, because we have been blessed. The Good news of the Gospel gives us the courage to act boldly and without fear.
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you, for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 1:7
Please pray with us:
- That our collective support and the kindness of neighbours will mitigate against the increase in prices and limited supplies for sanitation and other essentials items where our partners operate. For example, due to the restricted border between India and Nepal, cooking fuel has become very difficult to obtain for our partners in Nepal.
- That the core nutritional needs of families and children will be met.
- That God may bless the children and families we serve with peace and comfort in the midst of cancelled exams, scarcity of supplies, and growing illness.
- That our partner churches around the world would serve as beacons of Hope and Good News in the midst of uncertainty.
- That those diagnosed with the virus all over the world may recover and experience the love of God and others despite the isolating circumstances.
Hope Story is working to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable children – ensuring vulnerable families are supported, delivering groceries and basic necessities including soap, and training people in hand washing with soap and social distancing.