“At the beginning, pastors were not thought of because people thought that pastors would not be affected by the closed businesses and lack of food. The truth is, I could not pay rent after three months of the pandemic—my business and my church were closed. My landlord kicked us out, and we moved in with another pastor. Please continue to pray for us as pastors—and our children and churches—because we know that prayers work. We are so grateful for you! Bless you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.”
That’s just one of the more than 650 people you helped survive the pandemic in Kenya!
“When we saw someone who heard our cry and sent these food packages for us, we were so happy and knew the Lord will forever continue to bless you and be with you.” said another recipient.
Send Relief partners delivered more than 65 pounds of food and necessities to each family, with necessities like beans, rice, greens, oil, sugar and soap included. Many of the recipients were pastor’s families who were struggling to keep food on the table after several months with no work, no tithes and little community support.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for remembering us. Since the time COVID-19 came to Kenya, pastors have been the most impacted because most of us depend on tithes and offerings. All the churches in this nation were closed down. So many pastors, like myself, were rendered powerless,” shared a pastor recipient.
These pastors were eating only one meal a day to ration what they had left, and supplies were dangerously dwindling by the time Send Relief packages arrived.
“Many of my pastors have moved from urban areas to rural areas because of the hardships. Our worship centers were shut down, and many young pastors who relied on church income have been going to sleep hungry without food. Their children cannot go to school. Today, we are so grateful for your support, and we pray that God will bless you for the good you do in Jesus’ name,” said one note of gratitude.
All the food was given in Jesus’ name, and many of the non-pastoral recipients expressed interest in learning more about the gospel and requested to hear Bible stories. In fact, six new Bible studies were formed as a result of these food distributions!
Please continue to pray for the pastors of Kenya and their families, as they navigate a second year in lockdown with limited resources. If you would like to give emergency food rations to more deserving families like this, you and your church can celebrate Global Hunger Sunday by giving below!
Help communities on the brink of starvation!
Published May 4, 2022