Updated on 7/1/20
Sharing the gospel has always been our mission. While our programs have rapidly pivoted to do their part to help slow the spread of the virus, we're not slowing down our efforts to spread the gospel message.
The way our programs are sharing the message of Jesus might look a little different now, but with your gift we can make sure communities around the world continue to hear the gospel truth.
Handwashing is one of the easiest ways to slow the spread of the virus, but few communal places in Malawi have easy access to handwashing stations. That's why we immediately pivoted our work there to provide local pastors with the supplies and training needed to set up handwashing stations outside their churches and at bus stops. Setting up handwashing stations outside of churches makes it easier for pastors to provide spiritual support for those who need it. In mid May, local staff members Dave and Tendai traveled to Northern Malawi to provide communities with WASH education and hygiene products like soap and sanitizer. To date, 110 handwashing stations and 2,466 cartons of soap have been distributed, and COVID-19 prevention education has reached over 17,000 people.Support this work
In Indonesia, we have been working with our local volunteers to provide community members with education on sanitation best practices and tips on how to share the gospel during this time. Families are receiving bar soap, churches are being gifted with face masks, and videos detailing handwashing techniques are being shared from village to village. To date, 580 masks have been delivered to families, 274 bars of soap have been distributed to community members, and Christ Light materials have been printed and given to children so they can learn about Jesus while at home.Support this work
By shifting our Health and Wellness Education program online, we have been able to provide community members with continued support. Local health care volunteers have created videos that provide program participants with in-depth education about the virus and how to stay safe. During this time of social isolation, our staff and volunteers have been calling program participants to check in with them to see how they are doing emotionally, physically, and spiritually. A recent mental health online workshop addressed the increase in emotional support needs of community members. Discussions centered around how to maintain good mental health from a Christian perspective. Workshop groups typically consist of around ten participants.Support this work
By partnering with our newly established local lead team and local pastors in South Sudan and Ethiopia, we have been able to monitor and meet the needs of those living in the refugee camps and settlements. To date, our local lead team has delivered 4,840 units of soap, set up a handwashing station at each of the area’s 16 congregations, and brought WASH education and messages of hope from the gospel to nearly 3,000 people.Support this work
In Nigeria, our COVID-19 prevention efforts have provided 22 congregations with the supplies to create handwashing stations, and supplied congregation and community members with face masks and hand sanitizer. In addition to providing supplies, local pastors received COVID-19 prevention education to share with their communities.Support this work